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Santa Lucía

Geographical Information. Santa Lucia de Tirajana - the capital of the municipality - is placed to 680 meters on sea level, and is 51 kilometres of the capital of the Island, Las Palmas of Gran Canaria. The municipality has a surface of 61,55 square kilometres, in the shape of geographical wedge, from the central summits of the Island, In the Grave of the Giant, up to the south-east coast of Gran Canaria. It is crowded with people since ancient times, since abundant pre-Hispanic vestiges have been situated in its surrounding areas that demonstrate that this zone was a witness of the last episodes of the conquest of Gran Canaria. In direction towards the coast a big rock stands out, Ansite, the fortress where the native ones of the Island supported the last place resisted to the Castilian troops. In this environment of crags, rocks and precipitated ravines, the visitor can feel the contact with the former settlers of Gran Canaria, so much for the showiness of the environment as for being the zone of the island least transformed by the man.

History. After finishing the conquest of the Island, Tomás Rodríguez of Palencia gets the lands and waters of this region for the services given to the Wreath. The received lands devoted in a beginning to the cultivation of the sugar, Product that was destined almost entirely to the exportation towards foreign markets, as America and North Europe. Hereby one installed a factory that was named a " Tirajana's Red", which would turn into the first rest of the agricultural and industrial activity of this region. In spite of the fact that the sugar has a preponderant role, the cereal (wheat, barley and rye) will occupy an important place in the economy of Santa Lucia in the centuries XVI-XVIII, since it is a question of the nourishing base of the society of the Former Diet. All the owners of lands were destining part of its areas to the cultivation of this product, this way we can observe that most of the lands of Tirajana's estate was planted of canes, though small plots dedicated to the cereal existed, destined, Probably, to the nourishment of the numerous workers. The XVIth century an important economic activity based on the cultivation of the grapevine, and possibly from this date there were introduced the current olive trees, to which recent studies stand out as autochthonous species and unique in the world as " The olives of Saint Lucia ". In the year 1815 there was constituted the municipality of Tirajana's Saint Lucia, one year after there was constructed the parish that gave name.

Holidays. On December 13 the holidays are celebrated in the municipality in honor to its mistress: Santa Lucia declared tourist interest, since in them it is possible to combine the religious festivity with popularity. Of this conjugation of originality and tradition days is born the procession of the image of Santa Lucia On December 13, the coronation of ' La Lucia ' together with Swedish similar, the Pilgrimage of the Day of the Labrador to the following Sunday.

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