Betancuria is a Canarian municipality belonging to the province of Las Palmas. It is situated on the west coast of the island of Fuerteventura


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Betancuria is a Canarian municipality belonging to the province of Las Palmas. It is situated on the west coast of the island of Fuerteventura.

  • Betancuria is a Canarian municipality belonging to the province of Las Palmas. It is situated on the west coast of the island of Fuerteventura.



Its name comes from the Norman Juan de Bethencourt, who founded it with Gadifer de La Salle in 1404.

  • Its name comes from the Norman Juan de Bethencourt, who founded it with Gadifer de La Salle in 1404.



Since the conquest, Betancuria became the capital and headquarters of various governamental bodies, both religious and administrative.

  • Since the conquest, Betancuria became the capital and headquarters of various governamental bodies, both religious and administrative.







From the XIX century, Betancuria was gradually losing power in favour of other population centers, such as Pájara, La Oliva, Antigua and Puerto de Cabras. Finally, in 1834 it lost the capital of the island.

  • From the XIX century, Betancuria was gradually losing power in favour of other population centers, such as Pájara, La Oliva, Antigua and Puerto de Cabras. Finally, in 1834 it lost the capital of the island.






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