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The history of the Canary Islands is shadowed in myths and legends. Early settlers believed the islands were the mythical, disappeared land of Atlantis. There are a handful of theories about its early settlers, but it is widely believed that Gran Canaria was populated by 500 BC. The natives, known as Guanches, are widely thought to have migrated from North Africa. They had primitive tools and weapons and lived mostly in caves.

After the Roman Empire collapsed, Europe neglected the Canary Islands for about 1,000 years. Mediterranean sailors rediscovered the region at the beginning of the 14th century. Until this time, 30,000 Guanches had been living peacefully. Then the Europeans travelled to the islands to obtain slaves and furs.

The Guanches successfully fought off Spanish invasion until Pedro de Vera, the leader of the Spanish forces, completed his country’s conquest of Gran Canaria by 1483. The Spanish killed many Guanches during this period, and the majority of the native survivors were forced to become slaves.

Calls for the independence of the Canary Islands began toward the end of the 19th century after Cuba won independence from Spain. In 1912, the Island Council’s Law brought about many infrastructural projects including the airport, a motorway network, and reservoirs. These projects led to the establishment of the tourism industry.

In 1927, the archipelago was divided into two separate provinces, Tenerife and Gran Canaria.

In 1982, the Canary Islands passed the Autonomous Government Statutes.

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