Canary Island History
The rich heritage of Gran Canaria is strongly linked to modern-day life on the island. When the Canary Islands were first discovered off the coast of Morocco, the land mass was considered to be the end of the earth. Little is known about the initial discovery of the Canary Islands and the island’s group of early inhabitants, apart from inserts found in journals written at the time.
It is said that the discovery of this archipelago inspired Columbus’ venture into the new world. At the same time, the discovery of the islands is also thought to have been a source of conflict among many European Monarchs eager to protect their land from other continents. Despite all of the political struggles over the years, it has been largely isolated from the outside world.
Today, several pieces of land have been preserved in order to find out more about the life of the aboriginal people that originally inhabited this fascinating island. It is clear to researchers that they maintained a strong link to the land, cultivating various fruits and crops. Barley appears to have been a significant dietary staple for the population. Given the island’s abundance of aquatic wildlife, fishing undoubtedly also played a large role in their survival.