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History of the Canary Islands: rough times

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.

History of the Canary Islands: ancient times

The Canary islands have more or less been known since the antiquity. For a long time it was believed that this was the western edge of the world.

History of the Canary Islands: the discovery

None knows who was the first people to discover the Canary islands, but it is likely that it was Phoenician explorers. They came from Sidon and Tyre, in what is Lebanon today.

History of the Canary Islands: The Fortunate Islands

The Canary islands were called the ‘Fortunate islands’ by the greeks because of the climate and the location.

History of the Canary Islands: natural history by Pliny the Elder

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.

History of the Canary Islands: explorations

The Canary Islands were explored by different people in ancient times, and mainly by the romans. The most complete description of the islands was written by Pliny the Elder, who lived from 23-79 AD.

History of the Canary Islands: Rediscovery

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.

History of the Canary Islands: Guanches

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.