Lancelotto Malocello

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Northern part of Lanzarote and Chinijo Archipelago.

Lancelotto Malocello (Italian pronunciation: [lantʃeˈlɔtto maloˈtʃɛllo]) (Latin: Lanzarotus Marocelus; French: Lancelot Maloisel; fl. 1312) was a Genoese navigator, who gave his name to the island of Lanzarote, one of the Canary Islands.

Malocello perhaps voyaged in search of the brothers Vandino and Ugolino Vivaldi, who had voyaged to the Canary Islands in 1291 on their way to India, and whose fate was unknown. Malocello arrived on the island in 1312, and remained there for almost two decades until he was expelled by a Guanche revolt. Information about this revolt is scanty, but his stay on the island is supported by various sources, including the chronicles of the Norman conquest of the island under Jean de Bethencourt almost a century later, which state that the fortress constructed by Malocello could still be found on the island. Malocello's fortress was situated above Teguise.

At the time of Malocello's arrival, a king named Zonzamas ruled the island. Ico, his daughter, and Guanarame, her consort, succeeded Zonzamas. Their son Guadarfia was the ruler who would greet the expedition of Jean de Bethencourt in 1402.

Angelino Dulcert gives the first recorded name of the island as Insula de Lanzarotus Marocelus; its native name was Tyterogaka.[1] Lancelotto is the Italian form of the proper name Lancelot.

An Italian destroyer, the Lanzerotto Malocello, was named after him. It saw action during the Spanish Civil War and World War II.[2]

To celebrate the seventh centenary of the discovery of Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands by the Italian navigator Lanzarotto Malocello, which took place in 1312, promoters have formed two committees, one in Spain and one in Italy. The Italian organizing committee, chaired by the lawyer Alfonso Licata, has set up a Steering Committee for the study of the life and discoveries of Lanzarotto Malocello and has made a number of public initiatives for dissemination purposes with the moral support of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers , the Ministries of Cultural Heritage and Activities, Education, University and Research, Defense, Foreign Affairs and Tourism as well as some public bodies who have become members of which the City of Varazze (which gave birth to the navigator) , the Italian Naval League, the Italian Geographical Society, the Italian Commission of Military History, the National Association of Sailors of Italy and the District 108 / L of the Lions Club International. To commemorate the event has been coined a commemorative medal made official by the School of the Art Medal and Mint State and published a book by Alfonso Licata "Lanzarotto Malocello, from Italy to the Canary" by the CISM- Ministry of Defence. The Council of Roma Capitale, in 2012, at the request of the organizing committee, on the occasion of the seventh centenary, has dedicated a public green park furnished to the illustrious navigator in the Ostiense district. Similarly, the city of Savona, in turn, again at the request of the Organising Committee in 2013 dedicated to Malocello an green Area equipped with playground in the Port area.


  • Acosta, José Juan; Félix Rodríguez Lorenzo; Carmelo L. Quintero Padrón (1988). Conquista y Colonización. Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Centro de la Cultura Popular Canaria. p. 23. 


  1. ^ "Diccionario Ínsuloamaziq". Ignacio Reyes García. 
  2. ^ Nuova pagina 0

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