DAY OF THE CANARY ISLANDS

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The holiday of the Canary Islands is celebrated on the 30th of May. He recalled the first meeting of the Canary Parliament on 30 May 1983, led by Pedro Guerra Cabrera, the first president of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands. Already in the second Spanish Republic, people in the Canary Islands tried to achieve this status, but the 46-year Franco dictatorship made this impossible. Only on 10 August 1982 did the Spanish parliament in Madrid decide to grant the islands an autonomous status

A little of history:

The Canary Islands have been known since antiquity. Until the Spanish colonization between 1402 and 1496, the Canaries were populated by an indigenous population called the Guanches, whose origin is still the subject of discussion among historians and linguists.

The islands were visited by the Phoenicians, the Greeks and the Carthaginians. According to the 1st century AD Roman author and philosopher Pliny the Elder, the archipelago was found to be uninhabited when visited by the Carthaginians under Hanno the Navigator in 5th century BC, but that they saw ruins of great buildings.[1] This story may suggest that the islands were inhabited by other peoples prior to the Guanches.

At the time of medieval European engagement, the Canary Islands were inhabited by a variety of indigenous communities. The pre-colonial population of the Canaries is generically referred to as Guanches, although, strictly speaking, Guanches were originally the inhabitants of Tenerife. According to the chronicles, the inhabitants of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote were referred to as Maxos, Gran Canaria was inhabited by the Canarii, El Hierro by the Bimbaches, La Palma by the Auaritas and La Gomera by the Gomeros. Evidence does seem to suggest that inter-insular interaction was relatively low and each island was populated by its own distinct socio-cultural groups who lived in relative isolation separated from each other.