Tenerife is the largest of the seven islands that make up Spain’s Canary Islands. A rugged, volcanic island, Tenerife is located in the Atlantic Ocean about 300 kilometres west of southern Morocco in north-west Africa. In 1494, Alonso Fernández de Lugo and an army of over 2,000 men conquered the indigenous people, the Gaunches, and claimed Tenerife for Spain. Tenerife is thought to have been named after a Gaunche monarch, Tinerfe.

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