Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Recreation of the Battle of Tenerife 1797

Reenactors recreate the Gesta del 25 de julio

This year there is an ample program of events to Commemorate the 225th Anniversary of the Gesta de 25 de Julio (25th July Attempt) - the infamous failed British attempt on Santa Cruz, otherwise known as the Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (1797) - the only battle that Horatio Nelson ever lost and the one in which he lost his arm. Hero of the day for the locals was Commander-General Antonio Gutiérrez de Otero y Santayana who defended the island and, in gentlemanly manner, allowed the British to leave with their weapons and war honours.

And, like so many events, this was unable to take place during the pandemic, so it will be unmissable being back after two years and a significant anniversary.

The commemorative events began on the 13th with conferences, workshops and exhibitions. On Friday, 22 July 2022, a camp will be set up at the Alameda del Duque de Santa Elena (Plaza de España), from where the soldiers will parade, at 8 pm, to the Castillo Negro (Castle of St John the Baptist), where at 9 pm, the Recreation of the landing of the British Troops and Battle will be performed. 

The encampment will remain during Saturday, 23 July 2022, where there will be live recreations of life in an encampment of the period with workshops, and from 8:30 pm, there will be recreations of the principle combats in the Alameda del Duque de Santa Elena, Barranco de Santos, La Noria, Plaza de Santo Domingo, Plaza Isla de la Madera and Plaza de Candelaria, among other locations.

At midday on Sunday, 24 July 2022, there will be the recreation of the surrender, act of homage to the fallen and withdrawal of the troops.

On Monday, 25 July 2022, at 1 pm at the Real Club Náutico de Tenerife will be an act of homage to the British fallen by the Nelson Society, then at 7 pm the religious act of Commemoration of the 225th Anniversary at the Iglesia de la Concepción (Santa Cruz de Tenerife), followed by a procession from 8 pm and floral offerings, including at the monument to General Gutiérrez.

Program of events to Commemorate the 225th Anniversary of the Gesta de 25th July

Program of events to Commemorate the 225th Anniversary of the Gesta de 25th July