Canary Islands love


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  • In Spanish Is·las Ca·na·ri·as (ēsˈläs kä-näˈrē-äs)Canary Islands A group of Spanish islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the northwest coast of Africa. The Canaries have been part of Spain since 1479 and are a major tourist center.

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  • proper n. An archipelago off the coast of north-western Africa, near Morocco and belonging to Spain.

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  • n. a group of mountainous islands in the Atlantic off the northwest coast of Africa forming Spanish provinces


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  • "The turning point came in 1853, when the fungus Uncinula necator destroyed the islands' grapevines. No longer able to produce wine, the islanders turned to cochineal as if to a lifeline. By 1855, annual cochineal exports from the Canaries reached one million pounds."

    Amy Butler Greenfield, A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire (New York: Harper Collins, 2005), 216.

    Also, on p. 244:

    "Since the modern-day cochineal boom began, Mexico has seen a mild resurgence in cochineal production, but so far those hoping for a full-scale revival of the industry there have been disappointed. ... Today the Canary Islands, Bolivia, Chile, South Africa, and several other countries are all cochineal exporters. The chief beneficiary of the cochineal boom, however, is Peru."

    October 6, 2017