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Telde

Geographical Information. Telde is the most extensive and populate oriental region of Gran Canaria. Its surface is 100,2 square kilometres and places to 130 meters of altitude. In the lnd of the municipality three zones are observed by notable differences between: the coastal platform, the mediocrities and the summit, with a difference on the area superior to 1.300 meters in only 15 kilometres, and in that there stand out some volcanic devices and a complex net of ravines and barranquillos. Geologically, the territory is characterized for being a rejuvenated zone by volcanic quaternary emission of basaltic materials that levelled the surface and smoothed the slope of the areas towards the sea. The most significant volcanoes, for the structures, are: Mountain of Las Palmas, Mountain of Cuatro Puertas and Mountain of Holiness. For geological and landscape importance, It is of highlighting the field of Jinámar's volcanoes.

History. Five centuries ago, Telde was the capital one of both kingdoms in which the island was divided. Still there remain vestiges of the wall of stone that in some points was marking the limits of the kingdom. This first urban center, which foundation owed the Majorcan missionaries to itself in the Low Middle Ages, was the pioneer of those Hispanic roots raised in Gran Canaria. When the conquest of the island was finish the distributions of lands take place. In Telde there were of benefit the conquerors Alonso Rodríguez de Palenzuela, who plants cane plantations and constructs sugar factories, Alonso de Matos and Christopher García del Castillo. This sugar industry gives great development to the city, arisen beautiful mansions and important works of art. The agriculture was the basic activity of Telde's municipality up to the 20th century.

Holidays. In June, Telde's municipality there celebrates the Employer Holidays in honor to San Juan Baptista, who realized in the historical frame of San Juan. But one of the most traditional and popular holidays in this locality is The Holiday of Traida de Aguar, which is celebrated in August. It takes place in the popular neighborhood of Lomo Magullo for approximately twenty-five years, and in it the neighbors receive the visitors with water, relieving the heats of the summer month.

 
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