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  Canary Islands Flora
The nearest islands to the African coast have proved to be the most ancient, whilst moving away from the coast and towards the open ocean, the islands become younger and younger.
The particular geographic position of these islands enabled the conservation of many kinds of tropical and sub-tropical vegetation which in the past could also be found in the Mediterranean basin but has disappeared as a consequence of two great catastrophic events: the desertisation process and a series of glacial cycles.
The herbarium in Florence is of primary historical and biological importance for all scholars interested in the flora of the Canary Islands.
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Canary Islands constitute a civil province, a judicial district (audiencia), with its seat at Palmas, for the administration of justice, and a military governorship (captaincy-general).
Each island was divided into separate states, ruled over by kings, who were assisted by the chiefs of the noble families and the most esteemed priests or soothsayers.
Henry III, conquered, from 1402 to 1405, the islands of Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gomera, and Hierro.
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  Canary Islands information - Search.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Canary Islands /kʰəˈnæɹɪ ˈʔaɪ̯ləndz/ (Spanish Islas Canarias /ˈiz.lɑs.kɑˈnɑrĭɑs/) (28° 06'N, 15° 24'W) are an archipelago of the Kingdom of Spain consisting of seven islands of volcanic origin in the Atlantic Ocean.
Lancelotto Malocello settled on the island of Lanzarote in 1312.
In 1402, the conquest of the islands began, with the expedition of Juan de Bethencourt and Gadifer de la Salle to the island of Lanzarote, Norman nobles who were vassals of Henry III of Castile.
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  Canary Islands - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Canary Islands /kʰəˈnæɹɪ ˈʔaɪ̯ləndz/ (Spanish Islas Canarias /ˈiz.lɑs.kɑˈnɑrĭɑs/) (28° 06'N, 15° 24'W) are an archipelago of the Kingdom of Spain consisting of seven islands of volcanic origin in the Atlantic Ocean.
Lancelotto Malocello settled on the island of Lanzarote in 1312.
In 1402, the conquest of the islands began, with the expedition of Juan de Bethencourt and Gadifer de la Salle to the island of Lanzarote, Norman nobles who were vassals of Henry III of Castile.
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 Canary Islands
Canary Islands are situated in the Atlantic Ocean 110 km from the African coasts with 7 islands, which is divided into two provinces.
About half of the islands' 2000 plant species are endemic, including the variety of orchids the Canary Island palm, the Canary pine and the famous dragon tree, an ancient survivor that thrived before the last ice age.
Unfortunately with their concreted shorelines, the Canary Islands are one of the most extensively protected territories in Europe, with 42% of the landmass falling under some category of parkland.
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 Holiday villas in Canary Islands, Spain
Legend has it the Canary Islands were formed when the mythical continent of Atlantis sank into the ocean.
In Roman times Pliny referred to the islands as the "Fortunate Isles", a name that is still used today, due to the favourable winds and stable climate conditions.
The Canary Islands are best known for twelve months of glorious sunshine, making them an ideal destination for holidays throughout the year.
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 Canary Islands
The Canary Islands developed in a geodynamic setting characterized by Jurassic oceanic lithosphere formed during the first stage of opening of the Atlantic at 180-150 Ma and lying close to a passive continental margin on a very slow-moving tectonic plate – the African plate.
Objections to this include that the ocean lithosphere around the Canaries is Jurassic, dike swarms in the submarine stages of Fuerteventura, Gomera and La Palma have different strikes, the rift geometry in each island is different and the islands are separated by deep sea with a lack of Cenozoic lithosphere added to the Mesozoic lithosphere.
The islands of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, and the chain of seamounts off Cape Juby, are parallel to the continental margin, whereas most of the remaining islands of the archipelago follow a general east-west trend.
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 Canary Islands travel guide
The seven islands that comprise the Canary archipelago are located more than one thousand kilometers (620 miles) south of the Iberian peninsula, and only 115 kilometers (71 miles) from the closest point on the African coast.
Presently, the Canary Islands are one of the leading destinations of European tourism, welcoming more than eight million visitors annually who are drawn to the irresistible charm of these islands.
The appeal of the Canary Islands for most visitors, 50% of whom return, is closely linked to the extraordinary climate of the islands, but it also has to do with the more than 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) of coastline, the magnificent beaches, and the numerous sports and water-related recreation available.
www.world66.com /europe/spain/canaryislands   (467 words)

 Canary Islands travel guide - Wikitravel
The Canary Islands (Spanish: Islas Canarias) are an Atlantic territory of Spain on the west coast of Africa, near Morocco, Cape Verde and the archipelagos of the Azores Islands and Madeira Islands, both Portuguese territories.
Gran Canaria - The largest island by population, its capital city (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) is also the capital of the Canaries.
Since the Canary Islands are a major European tourist destination, all the major islands have well-developed communication systems, airports, and ports.
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The Canary Islands merit a bizarre entry in the history of European geography, since the islands were well known to ancient navigators, only to pass into oblivion by the Middle Ages.
Once the settlement of Spanish America was underway, Spain established administrative centers in the Canary Islands, in an attempt to halt the flagrant contraband and illicit commerce between the islands and the Americas.
The climate of the Canary Islands is capricious.
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 TOUR:  CANARY ISLANDS     SOURCE: Canary Islands - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Middle Ages, the islands were visited by the Arabs for commercial purposes.
Henry the Navigator, an action that was not accepted by the natives or the Castilian residents of the island, who initiated a revolt and expelled the Portuguese.
Las Palmas for the capital-ship of the islands would lead to the division of the archipelago in two provinces in 1927, though this has not laid to rest the rivalry between the two cities, which continues to this day.
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 Canary Islands   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Most people associate the name Canary Islands to the Canary birds, that live on the islands, however the name came from “can” Latin for dog, due to the abundance of them that were found there.
The Canary Islands are famous for their Cigar-making, specially in La Palma, the exportation of tomatoes and bananas and lovely hand embroidered tablecloths etc.
Gran Canaria: is in the center of the island cluster.
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The Canary Islands are a group of seven major volcanic islands that extend for almost 300 miles (500 km) east to west about 60 miles (100 km) off the coast of northwest Africa.
Exploring the Canaries you move from sub-tropical vegetation to volcanic semi-deserts, from verdant cliffs and gorges to sand dunes by the sea shore.
Modern contact with the Canaries began to develop in the Middle Ages as sailors from peninsular Spain arrived to plunder the isles of their orchids, which were used to make dye, and of their inhabitants, who were enslaved.
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The Canary Islands form an archipelago of seven volcanic islands just west of the African continent (Map 1).
Volcanic islands are particularly good laboratories for evolutionary science because they can be dated accurately using radioactive isotope decay and because they start out as lifeless masses of rock emerging from the sea.
Island codes in parentheses are P = Palma, NT = north Tenerife, ST = south Tenerife, G = gomera, and H = Hierro.
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 Canary Island Products   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Since the Canary Islands formed part of the trade route to the New World it could be said that its wine also belongs to the new World.
Canary Wines were popular in the English Court and there are numerous references to the wines in literary works by William Shakespeare, Sir Walter Scout and others.
Finally, it should be noted that the Canary Islands played an important role in the development of viticulture in the New World, especially in Mexico, California and Peru since the original vine shoots in these locations came from the Archipelago.
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 Canary Islands (Spain)
The Canary Islands were originally inhabited by a branch of the Berber people (the Guanches) which were exterminated.
The islands were occupied by Catalans near 1300 and by Castile in the 15th century.
The first modern flag for the island was hoisted in the early 20th century at the home of a cultural society called Ateneo (Atheneum).
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 CANARY ISLANDS by All About Spain
This paradisiac group of islands, with a preferred climate and constant temperature through all the year, and splendid beaches of fine sand, consists of 7 larger islands (Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Tenerife, La Palma, Gomera, Hierro) and a few smaller ones (Alegranza, Graciosa, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este, Roque del Oeste und Lobos).
The islands' original population, called Guanches, is tall and of white skin.
In 1496 the islands became part of the Spanish kingdom, and the ships of Christopher Columbus stopped here on their travel to discover the New World.
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 General about Canary Islands
These islands were first called " Heaven of the chosen", "Happy islands", before getting their individual names.
First the island of Great Canaria, which origin has 3 hypothesis :- the latin word Canis (dog), because of the big dogs living there,- some villages in the Atlas named Canarii,- Canna or caña amarga, very spreaded over the area, which milk is poisonous.
- the island of Tenerife, was first qualified in a french atlas of "Hell island" for fear of the Teide and its quasi constant eruptions.
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 Canary Islands — Infoplease.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Wine was the main export of the Canaries until the grape blight of 1853; its place was taken by cochineal until aniline dyes came into general use.
The Canaries were frequently raided by pirates and privateers; Las Palmas beat off Francis Drake in 1595 but was ravaged by the Dutch in 1599.
The Canary Islands became an autonomous region in 1982.
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 Villa Holidays in The Canary Islands & Holiday Villas in The Canary Islands
These islands are a firm family favourite with their superb sandy beaches, and year round sunshine.
Our Canary Island villas can be found in a variety of resorts ranging from family fun aqua parks, amusements, water sports and a lively night life, to hikes in the mountains, exotic plant and animal life and eerie volcanic landscapes.
Our holiday villas in Fuerteventura are set on the sheltered eastern side of this Canary Island, where the beaches are renowned for swimming, surfing and windsurfing.
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 canary islands map and information page
Once known to the ancient Romans as the Fortunate Islands, the Canary Islands were named after the large dogs (Canes) found living on the islands.
Located off the northwestern coast of Africa, the Canary Islands are one of the most popular tourist destination on the planet, especially with Europeans.
The Canary Islands' maps and information pages are currently being revised, and will be posted soon.
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 Canary Islands Jobs in the Canary Islands
The Canary Islands are becoming a popular place to live with lots of people moving to the Canary Islands and Buying Property for Sale in the Canary Islands.
Please note that when discussing salaries in the Canary Islands it is the net amount that is discussed.
Fuerteventura is one of the quieter islands for people looking for jobs in the Canary Islands, much of the industry and job vacancies are based around the tourist industry with many jobs being Hotel jobs, Real Estate Jobs in Fuerteventura and bar and restaurant work.
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 La Palma, Canary Islands   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
La Palma is a stratovolcano, and is the largest of the western Canary Islands.
Strong erosion of the island over time is shown by hundreds of meters of gravel mixed in with basaltic lava flows.
Carracedo, J.C., 1994, The Canary Islands: an example of structural control on the growth of large oceanic-island volcanoes.
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The mountain range in the island's center, of a height of about 2000 meters, is cut by some bizarre canyons.
This island is characterised by its central massif of a height of 1487 meters, dropping steeply to the sea.
Fuerteventura, the island with the oldest history, has the longest beaches of all the archipelago, of wonderful fine sand.
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 Canary Islands
All breeds of canary bird existing in the world descend from the wild canary bird, "serinus canarius", still living and singing in the islands' fields and forests.
During the 15th century, the island of Canaria became famous for the brave defense deployed by their natives against the landings of the conquistadores.
The legendary *canes* (dogs) of the Canaries are the emblematic figures who held the coat of arms in the official Seal of the islands.
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