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Geographical Information. With a surface of 23,81 square kilometres, Santa Brígida places in the half North-East of the island of Gran Canaria, from the level of 350 meters of the riverbed of the Guiniguada up to the 900 of the hillsides of Pino Santo. The Villa of Santa Brígida is one of the municipality’s that offer major landscape diversity, but especially, a great variety of flora. In fact, urban nucleus is situated next to a ravine beautiful palm groves, origin of pre-Hispanic toponymy: Sataute. Nowadays, in Santa Brígida is mixed an agricultural past and a residential present, being the favorite territory of those who aspire to live in big houses and housings removed from the great city into which the capital of the Island has turned. It has contributed positively the greatness of these lands, where almost all the toponyms do allusion to its past of big extensions of autochthonous plants: Monte Lentiscal, Los Olivos, Madroñal, Pino Santo The zone of The Atalaya is a former populate houses excavated in caves, who at present in spite of the development keeps the tradition aliv. Closely together one finds the field of golf in Cladera Bandama's, volcanic crater of 1 kilometre of mouth, which better sight is obtained from the viewing-point of the same name to 574 m. of altitude, from where also there are the Fertile plaines, the capital of the Island and Telde's municipality.

History. Santa Brígida's municipality has suffered diverse changes along the History. Sataute, which means "palm", was the aboriginal denomination. Other names that has received: The Place of the Vega, The Vega, Vega de Abajo, Vega de San Antonio and, finally, Sant Brígida or Villa of Santa Brígida. The Canary aborigines survived in this municipality using the forest as subsistence: to obtain fuel wood for ceramic ovens and bonfires, and wood for tools and utensils. This way is reflected in the archaeological deposits of the villa, as The Atalaya and Cave of the Canaries. The Villa of Santa Brígida, passed to form a part of the history of Canaries, on being the capital and headquarters of the island for one week, which was the time that one was late in defeating and expelling the Dutch army led by the admiral Pieter Van Der Does. Santa Brígida was founded at the beginning of the XVIth century. After the conquest of the island of Great Canary, The Vega is one of the municipalities that proceed to the distribution of lands and waters, since it was having abundant waters and good lands and, on the other hand, it was not very far from the capital. These conditions turned out to be very attractive in the moment of colonization. Very soon takes place the gestation of a new landscape. The wine-growing production, with warehouses and presses, they will turn into the protagonist of the economy of Santa Brígida. In spite of the hegemony of the vineyard, other cultives stood firm, as the cereal, fundamental base of the food diet of the modernist centuries, or sugar cane, product that in the XVIth century occupied great part of the fields of cultives. Santa Brigida turns this way into one of the most attractive places, since the climatic conditions and the productive capacity of the land, place it as a main population place. In the XVIIth century an important increase of the population takes place.

Holidays. The principal holiday of the municipality is the Holiday in Honor to Santa Brígida, mistress of the Villa. On the first Saturday of August takes end a pilgrimage - offering, which goes back a year 1957. In this festive act all the neighborhoods of the Villa take part with coaches adorned with typical motives and with rosemaries, magicians and sprees. Apart, the festivity of San Antonio, which is celebrated on June 13, stands out for the different acts, but especially for FLORABRÍGIDA, exhibition of flowers, plants and birds that is celebrate since 1975.

 
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