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THE SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR OF 1898 AND THE CANARY ISLANDS

In Spain the year 1898 is known simply as ‘The Disaster.’ That was the year when Spain lost its empire to a new imperial power, the United States of America. There had been civil war in Cuba and unrest in the Philippines for years, then during the early part of 1898 tension reached its peak over ...Full Article

Magellan in Tenerife, 500 years ago in September 1519

Soon, if not sooner, Tenerife, in particular Santa Cruz and El Medano, will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the landing of Ferdinand Magellan September 1519, ...Full Article

An eulogy to Don Antonio Gutierrez

When Nelson left Tenerife he was a broken man, defeated and demoralised, he was an amputee in pain and in a state of severe depression. He ...Full Article

Visit by the Tertulia de Amigos del 25 de Julio to London

On Sunday 12th May 2019 ten members of the Tertulia de Amigos del 25 de Julio of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and four wives arrived in ...Full Article

Tobacco in Tenerife

Today you wouldn’t think of the Canary Islands as having a tobacco industry, but the evidence is there to see in the shady Plaza del Pato ...Full Article

Tenerife heritage? Tenerife national trust?

A notice to you, the reader; this article is more of a plea to the cabildo and the ayuntamientos, the central government and local governments of Tenerife, ...Full Article

THE SPY

When the Second World War broke out in 1939, Spain was in ruins, the country had been devastated by the civil war that had ended only ...Full Article

All about skulls

Speaking of skulls, which we weren’t, show me a skeleton and I can say “That’s a skeleton” as good as the next man. Show me a ...Full Article

The vanished convents of Tenerife

While travelling around Tenerife you might have noticed that there are churches and chapels and wayside shrines all over the island. But what are missing are monasteries and ...Full Article

Remembering British war dead

Recently we remembered those who gave their lives in the First World War. This article is about men who died in a battle long before.
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