La Matanza de Acentejo

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La Matanza de Acentejo
Municipality
Flag of La Matanza de Acentejo
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Municipal location in Tenerife
Municipal location in Tenerife
La Matanza de Acentejo is located in Tenerife
La Matanza de Acentejo
La Matanza de Acentejo
Location of the town in Tenerife
Coordinates: 28°27′10″N 16°27′20″W / 28.45278°N 16.45556°W / 28.45278; -16.45556Coordinates: 28°27′10″N 16°27′20″W / 28.45278°N 16.45556°W / 28.45278; -16.45556
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Canary Islands
Province  Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Island  Tenerife
Area[1]
 • Total 14.11 km2 (5.45 sq mi)
Elevation[1] 425 m (1,394 ft)
Population (2013)[2]
 • Total 8,944
 • Density 630/km2 (1,600/sq mi)

La Matanza de Acentejo is a town near the north coast of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. It is located 10 km east of Puerto de la Cruz, and about 20 km west of the island's capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Its name means "the Slaughter of Acentejo" in Spanish, and refers to the 1494 First Battle of Acentejo, lost by the Spanish.

The population is 8,944 (2013)[2] and the area is 14.11 km². The elevation is 425 m. The TF-5 motorway passes through the municipality. The municipality contains the following settlements:[2]

  • La Matanza de Acentejo
  • Guia
  • Las Breñas
  • El Caleton
  • Acentejo
  • San Antonio
  • San Cristobal

History[edit]

In historic times before the arrival of the Spaniards, Acentejo was part of the menceyato (kingdom) of Taoro. The first and the second battles of Acentejo took place in 1494. The Spanish under Alonso Fernández de Lugo suffered a terrible defeat at this first battle, at the place now called La Matanza ("The Slaughter"). It occurred in present-day Barranco de San Antonio, which the Guanches called Farfan. The second battle resulted in a victory for the Spaniards, in which the town of La Victoria de Acentejo was founded.

Currently under construction is a scale replica of the interior of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem (the place where according to Christian tradition, was taken the body of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion), the replica will be located in the plaza of El Salvador's municipality. In this room is to also place a replica of the Shroud of Turin (Italy).[3]

Historical population[edit]

Year Population
1991 5,887
1996 6,451
2001 7,053
2002 7,378
2003 7,490
2004 7,587
2013 8,944

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "SUPERFICIE, PERÍMETRO Y ALTITUD DE LOS MUNICIPIOS DE CANARIAS." (in Spanish). Instituto Canario de Estadística (ISTAC). 
  2. ^ a b c "Población en Canarias. Tenerife. 1-1-2013." (in Spanish). Instituto Canario de Estadística (ISTAC). 
  3. ^ La Matanza contará con una réplica del interior del Santo Sepulcro. Noticia del periódico El Día.