Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Colonial Moment in Tenerife

The Canary Islands are not a colony of Spain, they’re a part of Spain.

I’m reclining in a wicker chair in the cobbled courtyard of a colonial mansion that dates back to a time when Spanish, British, Italians and Portuguese settled or passed through this part of Tenerife on their way to a brave new land, the Americas.

The house is surrounded by a green carpet of bananas stretching to waters that roar defiantly as they crash against the low cliffs; the Atlantic. There’s not a lot of land between this spot and the New World.

A Colonial Moment in Tenerife

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