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Tejeda

Geographical Information. Tejeda's municipality is in the oriental sector of Gran Canaria, with a surface of approximately 104 square kilometres and an altitude of 1.050 meters on sea level in the hull, registering the maximum altitude of the island, With 1.949 m of height in the Pico de Nieve. From almost all the points of Tejeda's, since it is placed in the center of the Island, the geological symbols of the island can be contemplated: the Roque Nublo (1.813 m), and the Roque Bentayga, center of religious activity in the pre-Hispanic time. These peak crown Tejeda's great geographical depression, arisen from an immense boiler of collapse, worked by the waters and flooded by volcanoes. On Tejeda gets up a mountain crowned by diverse rocks, besides the already mentioned ones previously. Tejeda's natural environment relies on extensions of Canary pine,nowadays they share space with the vestiges of the one that was an enormous colony of almond-trees.

History. Once finished the period of the monarchies with the guanartematos, in the island established a feudal system that divided it in different "conditions", at the head of each was a commander. Tejeda was governed by Texeda, wherefrom it is believed that its name comes. For this reason, can be found in Roque Bentayga, a Tejeda's natural monument, different archaeological deposits, and Almogarén. All these vestiges allow thinking that before the conquest this zone agglutinated a numerous population. The conquerors of Gran Canaria, initiated the distribution of lands and waters. After finishing the process of conquest, in the middle of the 18th century, Tejeda already exceed the thousand of inhabitants. Nevertheless, Tejeda's was bad communicated and regard to the administrative and economic centers, so to live in this zone was presenting certain disadvantages. This way, at the beginning of the 17th century, the distance forced Tejeda to find own priest, And to turn the hermitage into nuclear Parish of a great part of the western zone; of the summits of Gran Canaria. During the XVIth and XVIIth century the economic base of this zone was sustained on three pillars, the agriculture, emphasizing the cultivation of wheat, corn and the cattle, with the sheep and the exploitation of the forest. Thanks to the hydraulic wealth that was present in this zone, the woodland was important, for what part of the lands of this region was remaining still in hands of the Wreath. In the XVIIIth and XIXth century illegal plowings are carried out. This is a consequence of a major need of obtaining areas of due cultivation, principally, to an increase of the population.

Holidays. The most common fruit of Tejeda's gives name to its principal holidays: The Holidays of the Almond-tree in Flower. These celebrations, which take place during the first two weeks of February, were organized in its origins by the young men of the municipality, its first edition celebrated in 1970. Created as a way of preserving and spreading aspects of the culture and the tradition of the municipality and of the island, the folklore includes: the traditional music, the dance, crafts, the autochthonous sports, fairs of cattle and agrarian and a demonstration of typical tasks entertain the Tejedenses and visitors.

 
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