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Arrecife and the San Gabriel Castle

Arrecife, in Lanzarote, is named basically because they are reefs( arrecifes in Spanish) in the area that protect the city port of the Atlantic tides.

Arrecife, in Lanzarote, is named basically because they are reefs( arrecifes in Spanish) in the area that protect the city port of the Atlantic tides, making it the most desirable place throughout the island to dock the ships, and is also Arrecife has two distinct ports. The fishing one(Puerto de Naos) and the commercial (Puerto de los Marmoles), and followed the last eruption of the Timanfaya vulcan in 1736 is when they experienced rapid business growth mainly due to the export business of wine, barilla,(a plant that grows in salty and whose ashes, which contain many alkaline salts, are used for making caustic soda), and cochinilla, an insect parasite of the



Cactus from which extracted a reddish tint then employed in the British textile industry. Whit this growth was that eventually Arrecife became capital of the island in 1847, and its fishing port has became the backbone of the fleet fishing in Canary-Saharan fishing bank.

But long before that, in 1573 a fortress was built at the entrance to the port, the Castillo de San Gabriel, to protect the city from invaders and pirates attacks. El Castillo, with four canons, was capable of repelling any attack on the city, except in 1586 when the pirate Morato Arraez managed to reach and burn it. Was 10 years later when the Italian architect Leonardo Torriani reconstruct it as it is preserved by adding the step drawbridge, or “Puente de las Bolas” as it is known today.

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