La Victoria de Acentejo

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La Victoria de Acentejo
Municipality
Municipal location in Tenerife
Municipal location in Tenerife
La Victoria de Acentejo is located in Canary Islands
La Victoria de Acentejo
La Victoria de Acentejo
Location in Canary Islands
Coordinates: 28°26′N 16°28′W / 28.433°N 16.467°W / 28.433; -16.467Coordinates: 28°26′N 16°28′W / 28.433°N 16.467°W / 28.433; -16.467
Country  Spain
Autonomous Region Canary Islands
Province Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Island Tenerife
Area[1]
 • Total 18.36 km2 (7.09 sq mi)
Population (2013)[2]
 • Total 9,069
 • Density 490/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

La Victoria de Acentejo is a town and a municipality in the northern part of the island Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. It is located near the north coast, 2 km southwest of La Matanza de Acentejo, 7 km northeast of La Orotava and 22 km west of the island capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The TF-5 motorway passes through the municipality. The population is 9,069 (2013)[2] and the area is 18.36 km².[1]

History[edit]

Before the arrival of the Spaniards, La 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 de Acentejo ("The Slaughter"). The second battle resulted in a victory for the Spaniards, after which the town of La Victoria de Acentejo was founded.

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