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La Matanza de Acentejo
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Autonomous region: Canary Islands
Province: Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Island: Tenerife
Area: 14.11 km²
some reads 14.79 km²
Population: 7,587 (2001)
Population density: 512.98/km²

Atlantic Ocean
520 m
southeastern part
Location: 28.41667/28°25' N lat.
16.433/16°26' W long.
Municipal code: E-38025

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 - Montañés - Los Almendros - Mayordomo - San Antonio


Historical population

Year Population Change
1991 5,887 -
1996 6,451 -
2001 7,053 502.78/km²
2002 7,378 -
2003 7,490 530.83/km²
2004 7,587 512.98/km²


La Matanza de Acentejo has schools, a few lyceums, a gymnasium, churches, a post office and a few plazas.

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See also

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


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