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Monumento a la Batalla de Tamasite 1740

Memorial for the Battle of Tamasite 1740

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Tuineje /  Monumento a la Batalla de Tamasite 1740   Tuineje /  Monumento a la Batalla de Tamasite 1740


Sculpture showing an open book with a relief of the English corsairs and the defenders of the island, similar to the sculptures at the entrance of the village, a balance on a sword and text.
The memorial is not present in Google Streetview, October 2016.


Señores contarles quiero
lo más lindo de una historia
que bien guarde en la memoria
el valor del majorero

Cuando invadir quisieron
nuestra isla los ingleses
sufrieron duros reveses
y no tuvieron desquite
el testigo tamasite
hoy lo pienso y mi estremece

Gentlemen, I want to tell you
the most beautiful of a story
that keeps well in the memory
the courage of the Fuerteventuran

When they invade they wanted
Our island, the English
suffered hard setbacks
and they had no revenge
as witnesses Tamasite
today I think about it and am thrilled

Tuineje - Monumento a la Batalla de Tamasite 1740
The both monuments in the center of Tuineje, to the left the stone, to the right the book

The Battles of Tuineje 1740

The most important military events that have occurred in Tuineje, if not Fuerteventura, were the English attacks against Fuerteventura in 1740. These attacks stemmed from the Anglo-Spanish war (1739-1742). On 13 October 1740, a contingent of troops from an English Corsair disembarked in the region of Gran Tarajal, and followed the gulley in the direction of Tuineje, where heavily armed, they performed looting and destruction, including to the town's church. The lieutenant Colonel, Joseph Sánchez Umpiérrez, recruited people from the area and went in search of the English who were already retreating to their ship, and the two sides met in the Battle of El Cuchillete. The English consisted of 53 men with modern weapons and the Majoreros were armed with farming implements and used camels as shields. The lieutenant Colonel achieved a memorable victory in which 33 of the British died and the remainder were taken prisoner.
The other battle happened on 24 November, when 55 soldiers disembarked at Gran Tarajal and again marched to Tuineje. This time the natives knew of the disembarkation beforehand, and were able to assemble a larger force that was better armed as a result of having the weapons that they had captured the previous month. This force met the British in the Battle of Llano Florido, popularly know as the battle of Tamasite, and wiped them out (source & more info: Battle of Tamasite, Fuerteventura's history).

The Island Council of Fuerteventura and the City Council of Tuineje plan to install eight sculptures forming a sculptural circuit with which the Battle of Tamasite will be remembered. The first two pieces are by the sculptor Amancio González in corten steel and are entitled Y amaneciendo el día and Ya vienen las compañías.



Locatie (N 28°19'30" - W 14°2'57") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

Item Code: esca396; Photograph: 17 April 2018
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