The Napoleonic invasion and the origins of the ‘insular dispute’ star in the dramatized routes through La Laguna



The City Council of La Laguna, through the Department of Historical Heritage, organizes a new edition of its theatrical heritage routes, an activity that is included in the program of events on the occasion of the 24th Anniversary of the declaration of La Laguna as Heritage of the Humanity and which on this occasion are located at the beginning of the 19th century to address the consequences of the invasion of Spain by Napoleon’s troops, the subsequent War of Independence and the origins of the island lawsuit in the Canary Islands.

La Laguna in lawsuits is the new proposal of Burka Teatro and the historian Néstor Verona to, through theater, opera and heritage interpretation, relive key moments in the island’s history.

The routes will run from this Tuesday, November 28, until Sunday, December 3, in a double session at 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., with the exception of Saturday, day 2, which will be only on schedule. in the afternoon, and on Sunday the 3rd, only in the morning. On this last date the route will include sign language interpreters, on the occasion of the International Day of People with Disabilities. The tour starts from the Plaza de La Catedral and to attend it is not necessary to register in advance.

On this occasion, the theatrical route begins with the arrival of Admiral Horacio Nelson’s troops to the island of Tenerife, in 1797, and develops in the first quarter of the 19th century, until the founding of the Nivariense Diocese, in 1819.

The world of witchcraft in the Canary Islands and popular beliefs are the framework in which two historical events that mark the future of the island are presented: Nelson’s attack in the context of the Anglo-Spanish wars and Napoleon’s invasion and later War of Independence.

These national and international conflicts, and their effects on the island, will have enormous consequences on local trade and politics, arising quarrels between the two main ports of the islands, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife. , after its emancipation from La Laguna in 1803. Thus, as in a cockfight, La Laguna, headquarters of the Royal Maritime and Land Consulate of the Canary Islands, becomes the scene of a dispute that reflects the origins of the well-known island lawsuit.

The Councilor for Historical Heritage, Adolfo Cordobés, highlights “the educational and informative role of an activity that is always very well received by the public, and that tries to highlight key moments in the history of La Laguna and the heritage complex of its historic center, and involve citizens and visitors in the need for its safeguarding and protection.”



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