Archipelago: The Canary Islands...


The Canary Islands are an archipelago off the coast of Morocco on Africa's northwest coastline. Interestingly enough, these islands are a far-flung part of Spain's official territory. 

Also known as the Canaries, this Spanish archipelago is a major tourist destination with over 12 million visitors per year. The islands have a subtropical climate, with long, warm summers, and moderately warm winters.

One of the things that the Canary Islands are known for is their nature parks such as Corona Forestal, Cumbre Vieja, and Tamadaba Nature Park. The archipelago is surprisingly volcanic. 

Why do the Canary Islands belong to Spain? January, 1980, Catalonia and the Basque Country were granted autonomy, meaning self governed. The Canary Islands are a province of Spain. Somewhere in history dating from 711 A.D and 1492, Spain took the Islands, and a lot more of the world. But it lost some of its holding during the Spanish-American War, 1898. Spain owns the Canary Islands because they took them by force just as Rome took Spain in 200 B.C.

Also, how did the Canary Islands get their name? Although it might seem logical, they're actually not named after the little yellow bird. Instead, the Islands get their name from a Latin term, "Insula Canaria", which means "Islands of the Dogs." The ancient Romans who first visited the Islands gave them this name.


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