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Islas Canarias / Canary Islands

The Islas Canarias (Canary Islands) are a Spanish archipelago and the southernmost autonomous community of Spain located in the Atlantic Ocean, 62 miles west of Morocco at the closest point.

The seven main islands are (from largest to smallest in area) Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, and El Hierro. The archipelago includes many smaller islands and islets: La Graciosa, Alegranza, Isla de Lobos, Montaña Clara, Roque del Oeste, and Roque del Este. It also includes a series of adjacent roques (those of Salmor, Fasnia, Bonanza, Garachico, and Anaga). In ancient times, the island chain was often referred to as "Las Afortunadas" (the Fortunate Isles.) The Canary Islands are the most southerly region of Spain and the largest and most populated archipelago of the Macaronesia region. Historically, the Canary Islands have been considered a bridge between four continents: Africa, North America, South America, and Europe.

In 1927, the Province of Canary Islands was split into two provinces. The autonomous community of the Canary Islands was established in 1982. Its capital is shared by the cities of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, which in turn are the capitals of the provinces of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has been the largest city in the Canaries since 1768, except for a brief period in the 1910s. Between the 1833 territorial division of Spain and 1927, Santa Cruz de Tenerife was the sole capital of the Canary Islands. In 1927 a decree ordered that the capital of the Canary Islands be shared, as it remains at present. The third-largest city of the Canary Islands is San Cristóbal de La Laguna (a World Heritage Site) on Tenerife. This city is also home to the Consejo Consultivo de Canarias, which is the supreme consultative body of the Canary Islands. During the time of the Spanish Empire, the Canaries were the main stopover for Spanish galleons on their way to the Americas, which came south to catch the prevailing northeasterly trade winds.

Canarias en Cuba - Revista Mensual Ilustrada
Monthly magazine published in Havana
Availability: 1946 - January, February, June and July editions
Las Afortunadas - Revista Mensual Ilustrada
Monthly magazine published in Havana
Availability: 1922 - July 15th and August 30th editions
The following titles are available from the Universidad de La Laguna
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Cuba y  Canarias - Revista Semanal Ilustrada
Weekly magazine published in Havana
Availability: 1912 - Sept. 8th, Sept 15th, and Sept 29th editions
Cuba y  Canarias - Revista Ilustrada de Intereses Generales Cubanos-Canarios
Weekly magazine published in Havana
Availability: 1907 - October 30th edition only
Canarias - Revista Semanal Ilustrada
Weekly magazine published in Havana
Availability: 1919 - December 13th edition only
Patria Isleña - Revista Semanal Ilustrada
Weekly magazine published in Havana
Availability: 1927 - September edition only


Also, check our "AGI-Islas Canarias" page under "Archives-Spain" Section