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During public holidays in Fuerteventura, banks, and some shops are closed, buses run a reduced service as on Sundays, also it's worth noting that sometimes a public holiday falls on a Saturday.
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Castle at Caleta de Fuste
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The island suffered from various pirate incursions. A Berber expedition invaded in 1593, sweeping as far as the capital. Various castles were built to protect against this type of attack. The castles were built all along the coast. The population all moved inland as a second protective measure. Because of the invasions, the first Captain General was sent to Fuerteventura, charged with defending the island in the name of the crown. With him came a number of Sergeant Majors....
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The Norman Conquest of Fuerteventura
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The Norman Conquest of Fuerteventura began in 1402 AD. It is sometimes referred to as the Castilian Conquest because it was ordered by the Castilian Crown, namely Henry III of Castile. It was led by the French explorer Jean de Bethencourt; he set sail from La Rochelle, a seaport town on the Bay of Biscay in France. He carried 280 men and was assisted by the French Knight and Crusader Gadifer de la Salle who had already conquered Fuerteventura’s...
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Betancuria church.
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Fuerteventura is the oldest of the Canary Islands, and it holds a rich and diverse history. The formation of the island itself is due to several volcanic eruptions, and these are thought to date back as far as twenty million years. Historians continue to disagree upon Fuerteventura’s past, for example, some say the first settlers were of Berber origin and that they named the island Erbania. Others believe the island was referred to as Maxorata, and...
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