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The Dutch then laid siege to the city, demanding the surrender of most its wide range. They received 12 sheep and three calves. Furious, they sent 4,000 soldiers to strike the Council of the Canaries, who had looked for shelter within the village of Santa Brígida. Three-hundred soldiers that are canarian the Dutch in the town of Monte Lentiscal, killing 150 and forcing the rest to retreat. The Dutch focused on Las Palmas, attempting to burn it down. The Dutch pillaged Maspalomas, in the coast that is southern of Canaria, San Sebastian on Los Angeles Gomera, and Santa Cruz on Los Angeles Palma, but fundamentally quit the siege of Las Palmas and withdrew.
Another noteworthy assault occurred in 1797, whenever Santa Cruz de Tenerife was attacked with a British fleet beneath the future Lord Nelson on July 25. The British were repulsed, losing nearly 400 guys. It absolutely was in this battle that Nelson destroyed their right supply.
Eighteenth to nineteenth centuries
The sugar-based economy of this islands encountered competition that is stiff Spain's American colonies. Crises into the sugar market into the century that is nineteenth serious recessions in the islands. A new money crop, cochineal (cochinilla), came into cultivation during this time period, saving the islands' economy.
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.Canary Islands, Span. Islas Canarias, group of seven islands (1990 pop. 1,589,403), 2,808 sq mi (7,273 sq km), autonomous area of Spain, in the Atlantic Ocean off Western Sahara. They constitute two provinces of Spain. Santa Cruz de Tenerife (1990 pop music. 770,627), 1,239 sq mi (3,209 sq kilometer), includes Tenerife, Palma, Gomera, and Hierro. Las Palmas (1990 pop. 818,776), 1,569 sq mi (4,064 sq km), includes Grand Canary, Lanzarote, and Fuerteventura. Fuerteventura is 67 mi (108 km) from the African coast. The islands, of volcanic beginning, are rugged Mt. Teide (12,162 ft/3,707 m) is the highest point in Spain.
Wine ended up being the main export
of the Canaries until the grape blight of 1853 its place had been taken by cochineal until aniline dyes came into general use. Today the exports that are leading bananas, sugarcane, tomatoes, potatoes, and tobacco, that are grown where irrigation can be done. There was fishing on the available seas, as well as the Canaries, making use of their subtropical climate and fine beaches, are becoming a major tourist center. An oil refinery and other industries that are large-scale situated at Santa Cruz de Tenerife.