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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Santa Cruz Celebrates Nonexistent Anniversary

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Town Hall

Statue of José Murphy in the
Plaza de San Francisco in
Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Yes, you read that right. The town hall in Santa Cruz in Tenerife is, apparently, making the final preparations to celebrate the 186th Anniversary of the city being declared the capital of the Canary Islands, which in 1822 was one single province. These festivities, on Sunday, January 27th, will be held in the Plaza de San Francisco, before the monument to José Murphy y Meade (1774-1841), who was [obviously?] of Irish decent and "Tenerife's most famous early 19th century politician who fought for economic independence of the Canary Islands and for Santa Cruz to be recognized as the capital of the islands."

But, never mind that Santa Cruz is not still the capital of the Canary Islands and now only capital of the western province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife since they were split in two in 1927. I'd be tempted to suggest that there's some Irish logic in here. And  Las Palmas in Gran Canaria celebrated the split last September, which is probably what gave Santa Cruz the daft idea.

Image Diego Delso [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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