La Matanza de Acentejo
|La Matanza de Acentejo|
|Autonomous region:||Canary Islands|
|Province:||Santa Cruz de Tenerife|
some reads 14.79 km²
|Location:||28.41667/28°25' N lat.
16.433/16°26' W long.
La Matanza de Acentejo (Spanish meaning Slaughter of Acentejo in which the Spanish won in 1494) is located on the north coast of Tenerife. It is located 15 km E of Puerto de la Cruz, about 23 km SSW of the island's capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, NE of Los Cristianos and Las Américas of Arona and WSW of the Tenerife North Airport.
The population is 7,490 (ISTAC, 2003), its density is 448.77/km² and the area is 14.11 km². The elevation is 520 m. Santa Úrsula is linked with the TF2 superhighway and the old highway linking Icod de los Vinos and the capital. Farmlands are in the valley areas and within the Atlantic, urban areas covers much of the area and the mountain and the hills are to the south. Its climate is vegetation.
Much of the area were made up of farmlands, most of the farmlands are urbanized while most of the population shifted from rural to urban and tourism. The population are mainly urban today and its industry are agriculture and tourism.
In historic times before the arrival of the Spaniards, Acentejo was part of the menceyato (kingdom) of Taoro. The first and the second battles of Acentejo took place in 1494. The Spanish under Alonso Fernández de Lugo suffered a terrible defeat at this first battle, at the place now called La Matanza ("The Slaughter"). It occurred in present-day Barranco de San Antonio, which the Guanches called Farfan. The second battle resulted in a victory for the Spaniards, in which the town of La Victoria de Acentejo was founded.
- Barrio Abajo
- Barrio Arriba
- Los Almendros
- San Antonio
Currently under construction is a scale replica of the interior of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem (the place where according to Christian tradition, was taken the body of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion), the replica will be located in the plaza of El Salvador's municipality. In this room is to also place a replica of the Shroud of Turin (Italy).
La Matanza de Acentejo has schools, a few lyceums, a gymnasium, churches, a post office and a few plazas.
|Northwest: Atlantic Ocean||North: Atlantic Ocean and El Sauzal||Northeast: El Sauzal|
|West: Atlantic Ocean and La Victoria de Acentejo||La Matanza de Acentejo||East: Candelaria and El Rosario|
|Southwest: La Victoria de Acentejo||South: La Victoria de Acentejo and Candelaria||Southeast: Candelaria|