Times were rough on the Canary islands, and the economy was tight. A lot of people emmigrated to South America and the people who were left on the island were struggling to make the ends meet.
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The Canary islands were called the ‘Fortunate islands’ by the greeks because of the climate and the location.
Below is an extract from a book called ‘Natural History’ written by Pliny the Elder (23-79 AD). This book gives the most complete description of the Canary Islands from ancient times.
Lancelot Malocello led a Genoese fleet that ‘rediscovered’ the canary islands in the end of the 13th century.
At that time the islands were inhabited by the indigenous people called ‘guanches’. It is not certain where they originally came from, allthough most believe they have been berbers from the mountains of Northwest Africa.
The Canary islands were inhabited by an indigenous people called ‘guanches’. No one knows for sure where they came from, but most believe they have been berbers from the mountains of Northwest Africa. Many of them were tall, with blond hair and blue eyes, and still today it is possible to find many berbers in the Atlas region that looks like this.