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Agaete

Geographical Information. Agaete's municipality is in the Northwest of Gran Canaria. With a surface of 45,50 square kilometres and its urban hull have an altitude of 43 meters sea level. In spite of its limited surface, Agaete's topography is very abrupt. Of it’s three principal basins stand out: El Risco, Guayedra, and Agaete, reaching a maximum altitude of 1.180 meters in the zone of Timar de Tamadaba. It is one of the most visited municipalities and with an important volume of tourism regard to other zones of the north of the island.

History. The great quantity of archaeological deposits are located in Agaete, confirms its relevancy for the existence of important pre-Hispanic accessions previous to the conquest of Gran Canaria . At the end of the XVth century to complete the conquest of the north zone of the island, made an important incursion across the Port of Nieves. The new economic order that installs in the zone thanks to the plantations of vineyards and powerful sugar ingenuities allowed a quick growth of population of the zone and connected the Port of Nieves with the European markets. From the XVIth century, Agaete was a necessary scale of the ships with destiny to the north of Europe. After this period of brilliance, Agaete suffers a crisis of sugar exports that lasts two centuries, concretely until the XIXth. It is in this century when Agaete live another great time of commercial brilliance, especially for the introduction of the wood-louse and the tomato. Besides, the construction of the wharf favours the trade with the rest of the islands.

Holidays. In Gran Canaria one of the principal symbols of identity is, undoubtedly the Holiday of La Rama, in Agaete. It is the principal holiday of the villa in honor to Our Lady of Nieve, and declared 1972 Holiday of Tourist National Interest. On August 5 the principal holiday is celebrated in honour to the Virgin, but it is the day before, on August 4, when the Holiday of La Rama takes place, where thousands of dancers, to the pace of both bands of music of the municipality, cross the villa waving branches in the air, up coming to the sanctuary of the Virgin of The Nieves. The Holiday of La Rama, according to some experts, might have similar connotations to the pledge of the rain that the Canary aborigines were doing, bringing branches from Tirma's mountain to strike the sea with the same ones while singings were declaring as pleat to God. In case of the current Holiday of Agaete's Branch do not strike their branches in the water, but they submit to the Virgin as a sign of offering.

 
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