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The town council of San Bartolomé de Tirajana has commenced stabilisation and beautification work on the slope that supports the Costa Canaria promenade in the El Veril area, above Playa del Cochino, near Playa del Inglés.
The new aquarium “Poema del Mar” (Poem of the Sea) being built in the port area of ​​Las Palmas is being positioned to stand as one of the most modern and spectacular aquariums in the world

Canary Island History

 

 

Gran Canaria History
There is a lot of myth and legend surrounding the early history of the Canary Islands, with many early inhabitants believing them to be the lost land of Atlantis. Others considered the islands to be the site of the magical, mystical Fortunate Islands, the blissful paradise of both Celtic and Greek mythology.

Ancient History
It is believed that Gran Canaria was already populated in around 500 B.C., although there are several theories regarding the origins of its early inhabitants. One widely accepted theory is that Gran Canaria’s natives, widely known as Guanches although Canarios is actually the correct historical term, originally came from North Africa and that they were descendants of the Berber people. The Guanches lived very primitively – as the unsophisticated tools and weapons found on the island bear witness to – mostly in caves. Guanches are also believed to have used rocks and stones to build small structures for shelter. These make-shift dwellings would be covered with a roof of branches and leaves. Their most civilised achievement was earthenware, modelled without the use of a potter’s wheel.

The Spanish Conquest

After the fall of the Roman Empire, Europe forgot about the Canary Islands for almost 1,000 years and until the rediscovery of the Canaries by Mediterranean sailors in the early 14th century, the 30,000 Guanches on the island of Gran Canaria lived a relatively peaceful life. This then changed drastically, in the 14th century, as the Italians, Portuguese and Catalans sent their ships to the islands to bring back slaves and furs. At the beginning of the 15th century, the rapid process of the conquest of the islands began.

It was not until 1478 that the Spanish made a concerted effort to take Gran Canaria, under Juan Rejón. The conquest of Gran Canaria took 5 years and was completed by Pedro de Vera, when the native chief, Tenesor Semidan, converted to Christianity and convinced his people to surrender.

Many Guanches committed suicide rather than submit to the Spanish, those that remained were either enslaved or converted to Catholicism and assimilated into the Spanish population (at the time converting to Christianity meant that one could not be enslaved). It wasn’t until 1927 that Gran Canaria finally won her hard earned billing as joint capital of the Canaries.

Contacts with the New World (because of the high emigration to Latin America due to collapses of local industries), where Cuba had won freedom from Spain in 1898, led to calls for Canarian independence. Most people simply wanted the division of the archipelago into two separate provinces (Las Palmas and Tenerife), which eventually came about in 1927.

Modern History
Franco launched his coup which led to the Spanish Civil War from Las Palmas in 1936 and although there was no resistance on the Island, the post-war repression was particularly harsh here.

Even though Spain was “Neutral” during the Second World, Churchill apparently had plans to take the Islands as a Naval Base and allegedly threatened Franco over the rumoured German Submarine refuelling in Fuerteventura.

Post-Franco
After Franco’s death in 1975, Spain’s transition to democracy led to the devolution of Spain into Autonomous Communities and a revival in local customs and languages which had been repressed during the Franco Years. In 1982, the Canary Islands became an Autonomous Community within Spain with the status of Capital shared between Las Palmas and Santa Cruz.

Mass tourism began in earnest in the 1960s when the superior beaches of Gran Canaria attracted bohemians to the Maspalomas dunes. Resorts responded with the construction of grand hotels and tourism has been the mainstay of the island’s economy ever since.

 

 

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