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Fun Fact January 9, 2020

9 January 2020


It might seem safe to assume that the Canary Islands were named after canary birds, but the location was actually named after dogs. Although it’s off the coast of northwestern Africa, the archipelago is actually part of Spain. In Spanish, the area’s name is Islas Canarias, which comes from the Latin phrase Canariae Insulae for “island of dogs.”  The Canary Islands are located in the Atlantic Ocean about 60 miles west of Morocco.  They are comprised of eight main islands and has a population of just over two million.  Four of Spain’s thirteen National Parks are located on the Canary Islands.  The economy is based primarily on tourism.  The Canaries receive about 12 million tourists per year who visit for the history of the islands and the tropical weather.  Each of the main islands offer something different for visitors.  Construction is second in terms of the economy and tropical agriculture comes in a strong third.  The crops grown are primarily bananas and tobacco, which are grown for export to Europe and the Americas.


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