La Gomera

Columbus island

In 1492, when Columbus sailed off towards the unknown, his last port of call was San Sebastián, the capital of La Gomera. Since then, the island has been known as Columbus Island (Isla Colombina). The Count´s Tower, the Church of the Assumption, where the members of the expedition were blessed and the Well of the Aguada have survived to testify to the Discoverers of America´s passage through the island.

 

Junonia Minor

La Gomera has had an exciting history. The Phoenicians and other ancient sea-faring nations knew of the island and it was referred to as Junonia Minor by classical authors such as Plinius and Ptolemy. The origin of its name has as possible explanation the settling of the island by the first North African peoples: the Ghomarat. These berber tribes witnessed 20 centuries of history until the Europeans arrived on the scene in the 15th century and subjected the island to feudal rule. There are many theories as to where the name "Gomera" came from. The most accepted theory is that it is related to tribes of the same name in the north of Morocco. (In Castilian Spanish we have Peñón de Vélez de La Gomera and others). These are tribes of farmers, ignorant about sailing, just as the inhabitants of this Canarian island of the same name were. It is thought that they could have been brought at some point by a sea-faring nation. The island was inhabited by 'gomeros' or 'gomeritas', natives of the island. Various of their traditions have survived up to the present day, but the most famous of all is the whistling language (Gomeran Silbo), a method of communication capable of overcoming the limitations caused by the rugged terrain.

From:  Patronato de Turismo de La Gomera. 

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