Tenerife history Puerto de la Cruz the harbor of the cross goes back almost 690000 years. Then, it was formed as part of volcanic landslides.
The town's first inhabitants we know of were the Guanches. They are said to have arrived by sea from the Berber mountains of Africa, about 3000 years ago.
They left traces at King Bencomo's caves at Martianez of Puerto Cruz. The remnants are now at its archeological museum.
Fishermen were among the first settlers after the conquest of the island by Spain in 1496.
That's when the wooden cross the Crucifix was erected. This took place by the harbor called Puerto in Spanish which then belonged to the town of La Orotava. Such a Crucifix also played a big role in Santa Cruz which read up in the main history of its island.
Soon, the chants of the fishwife that's depicted above became a historical icon for her village and her town. She was an important figure. She helped to earn the bread for her many children and also sold seafood uphill to the Orotava elite.
By Guanche hearsay Plaza del Charco was created with landslides of the 1430 eruptions of the volcanic cones Las Arenas, Las Gañanias and Montaneta del Fraile.
Punta Brava Maria Jimenez is one of oldest fishing hamlets of Puerto de la Cruz. Guanches lived there before the European settlers.This has been reported by the historian José Agustin Alvares Rixo( 1796-1883) who was also more than once Alcalde (Mayor) of the town.
However, the idyllic hamlet the former Maria Jimenez of Puerto de la Cruz as you see it today was only really slowly populated from 1905 onward.
Puerto's main church Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Francia has much to thank those Catholic traders who left their country as religious fugitives.
The photo below depicts a Punta Brava Corner cafe in 2014 where a
billboard offered 2 Dorada beers for €1.50 a price which deserved to make
history. Those days were gone by 2019.
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