The Prehispanic Population of the Canary Islands

  • Ilse Schwidetzky
Part of the Monographiae Biologicae book series (MOBI, volume 30)


The Canary Islands were not unpopulated when in the course of exploratory ventures more and more Spanish, Portuguese, and Genoan ships docked there for shorter or longer periods of time. The aboriginals vigorously counteracted in many locations of the Spanish Conquista, which had its roots since the end of the 15th Century; but they fought with stone weapons against the iron weapons of the Conquistadores, and their resistance could thus be quickly broken. In relatively short time, the Canarians were hispanisized and christianized and formed together with the Spanish immigrants a single population. Still their particular character remained until their new spiritual guides and other interested Europeans (Torriani 1590, Espinosa 1594, Galindo 1632) collected information about them and were thus able to transmit much to the remainder of the world. Through modern excavations, especially in the 1950’s, still much more became known of their material culture, and some things of their social structures. And finally language- and cultural-historical studies, especially in the works of Wölfel (1940, 1950, etc.), concerned themselves with the prehistoric population and studied their cultural background.


North Coast Human Remains Coastal Population Skeletal Material Mediterranean Type 
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