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Tenerife forefathers. History of the occupation of the island of Tenerife. Canary Islands.

Tenerife forefathers. History of the occupation of the island of Tenerife. Canary Islands.
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Analogous to the rest of Canary Islands, Tenerife came into being as a result of volcanic activity.

It is alleged that Canary isle was made of three islands, i.e. Valle San Lorenzo mountains stretch, Teno and Alaga Islands. It’s after extreme volcanic eruption that Teno and Cumbre Dorsal, part of San Lorenzo Valley Mountains thawed out and liquefied to form of Tenerife.

Guanches clan of Tenerife can be traced across the Pacific to West Africa. It is believed that they arrived on Canaries aboard sea vessels belonging to European colonialists. Guanches are perhaps known as highly valiant people who stood up to all situations always focused to come out triumphant. It’s this determination that saw the Spanish conquest over them prove to be one of most knotty to be witnessed at the time.

That tribe has over years baffled historians with respect to many aspects of their way of life. Notwithstanding the influence of more civilised clique such as Phoenicians and Romans who paid them regular visits during exploration missions, Guanches were not assimilated to their rather modernised way of life at the time. Instead, they carried on with their primitive practices such as resting their departed members of the community in taverns.

Spanish invasion of Tenerife

Five centuries ago, Alonso Fernández de Lugo, Spanish conqueror and Conquistador set foot on Añaza, the present day waterfront of Santa Cruz. With him were close to two thousand Spaniard crewmen meant to capture the Canary Island of Tenerife.

He was met by defensive unyielding Guanches warriors of the Kingdom of Raoro, present day La Orotava who pushed the Spanish troops to Acentejo bay. Most of them were wounded as opposed to the expectations of Alonso to emerge triumphant losartan potassium.

That was towards the end of the 13th century. The town has since been christened La Mantaza, English for manslaughter owing to the appalling happening witnessed in the town during the first attempt by Spaniards to take over Tenerife. A celebratory mural of a warrior of the Guanches community blowing a horn symbolic of triumph was erected at the side of the main road of the town where the atrocity took place.

Nonetheless, the Spaniards did not take the defeat kindly. A year and a half later, they returned and this time round they managed to triumph over the local communities in Tenerife and subsequently, they were in control of the Island. Under the reign of King Franco from Spain; Guanches community was bound to extinction as nothing related to the community was allowed on the Island. However, only a number of years after rebirth, streets on Island’s towns were again christened with names of Guanches origin and families.