History of Northern Africa Canary Islands, 1402-1496





Canary Islands, until 1402



Visited in antiquity by Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans, described by STRABO as the FORTUNATE ISLANDS.
Rediscovered by the Arabs (Ben Farroukh, 999), Aragonese (1330) and Genoese (1341). At that time the islands were inhabited by a people called GUANCHES, monotheistic people living in petty kingdoms.
In 1385 a Castilian expedition depopulated Lanzarote. In 1402, JEAN DE BETHENCOURT, a Norman nobleman lead an expedition of 53 men, which established a foothold on Lanzarote. He then went to Sevilla, where he placed his conquest in progress under the sovereignty of Castile.



EXTERNAL
FILES
History of La Palma, from ing.iac.es
The Canary Islands, from Catholic Encyclopedia
DOCUMENTS
REFERENCE Salvador Lopez Herrera, Die Kanarischen Inseln. Ein Geschichtlicher Überblick (The Canary Islands, a Historical Overview), Madrid 1978, in German



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First posted on May 22nd 2001, last revised on November 6th 2004

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