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« on: February 03, 2008, 04:49:47 pm »







                                          The Early Inhabitants of the Canary Islands





Alf Bajocco

30 October 2007
 
"The very existence of a white people perpetuating an advanced Neolithic Culture in the 14th Century
of our era in the extreme SW of the Old World was such an unaccountable oddity that the association
of the Canary Islands with Atlantis became quite a logical presumption since the problem entered the
field of erudite inquiry. The presence of a people belonging to the white stock in a group of islands
the facing western African Coast was only too hard to explain.

The Romantic belief that the Canaries were a relic of the sunken land described by Plato in the Timaeus,
and that their early dwellers were Atlantean refugees, expanded enthusiastically in the last Century and
was taken up by many an Atlantologist.

Such an attitude of mind seemed to be confirmed when Mr. Verneau, a famous anthropologist,
found that some ancient Canarians belonged to a human type which was very similar to the Cro-Magnon
race living throughout Europe in Upper Paleolithic.

Actually, only a few scholars suspected that the Canary islands were keeping a mystery as strik-
ing as Atlantis itself, their earliest cultures having originated in the Sahara when it was a fertile
land, before the rise of the Egyptian Civilization. "

(The ancestors came from a region south of Alun of the Spanish Sahara or Rio De Oro, this is
typified by a region in Tenerife Island called Ta Oro, and is first noted by Dean Clarke June 25th
2002). Note from D. Clarke- The Islands of Canary are La Palma, Hierro, Gomera, Gran Canaria,
Fuertentura, and Lazarote.
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"Recent discoveries would definitely prove that the Sahara region was not only a happy and
prosperous land, but that it was the center of widespread culture.

Perhaps, the most noticeable of these recent discoveries is that of a distinguished Italian Paleo-
enthnologist, Dr. Fabrizio Mori, who found a series of wall paintings on the rocks of Tadrat Acacus,
in the Fezzan Region, Lybia, illustrating everyday life of these prehistoric people.

These paintings were obtained by the same carving, and coloring techniques as in the famous
caves of France and Spain. They show a high degree of craftsmanship as well as a good artistic
level.

One of them is particularly interesting, showing as it does two young hunters or warriors, both
white-skinned, one being blonde, and the other one dark haired. They sit down face to face
during a sort of ceremonial rite.

Another painting shows a lying mummy, and we wish to point out that Dr. Fabrizio Mori, while
excavating on the same place, found the body of a young boy which had very probably been
artificially embalmed. This mummy, which was found in the Upper Strata corresponding to more
recent times, was dated back to about 3,500 B.C. with the aid of carbon 14 method.

It is not a violent presumption to suppose that when the climate began to change, we do not
know if gradually or in a short lapse of time, the white-skinned peoples of the Sahara region
were obliged to emigrate. Some reached the Canary Islands, perhaps after a long and hard
journey.

The Canaries were the last place in which they could settle. There was nothing but endless
Ocean waters further on.

Some others reached the Nile Valley where they were absorbed by other peoples belonging to
different racial groups, until they lost their original identity and formed the background of the
early Egyptian Civilization.

In the British museum there is a body pf a pre-dynastic man (i.e. before 3,500 B.C.) which is
on exhibition in the Egyptian section. The man was buried lying on his left side and in a contract-
ed position. (Fetal) The body, which shows no sign of artificial embalming was preserved owing
to desiccation in the warm sand which covered it. The man was fair haired."



Note form Webmaster D. Clarke- It is well known Egyptians used dyes in their hair, which only a
chemical dna analysis can determine the genetic makeup if caucasian by nature.
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"The Canaries are a group of seven islands, the nearest to the N.W. Coast of Africa being at
about one hundred miles from the shores of the Spanish Morocco, South of the Ifny Territory.

These islands, which lie on the African Shelf , originated between the end of the Tertiary and
the beginning of Quaternary, owning to the action of heavy and prolonged volcanic forces from
the Ocean bottom. The total lack of fossils belonging to the Tertiary proves that they are
comparatively recent.

The climate of the Canaries varies from island to island, ranging from the desolate appearance
of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura where a heavy deficiency in the moisture compels the natives
to exert all their ingenuity to collect water, to the everlasting springs of Tenerife and Gran
Canaria."

" The Canaries were known to the ancients who gave them the name of Insula Fortunatae"
(happy and prosperous islands)."





Webmasters Note- The Fortunate Islands was a mis-nomer or mistake; it often got confused
with the Cape Verde Islands by name of Fortunate with 14th and 15th Century map makers.

The reason for the combined misunderstanding is that the culture may have referred to the
Islands as ’Prosperous’ in their Native Language, but the Island called Fuertentura was very
close to the name of Fortunate which both names are derived from different linguistic direct-
ions and are not directly the same meaning.

This must be clarified for history's sake.

Thus it is a Spanish mis-interpretation of a Canary aboriginal word that lies underneath it. 
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"In the fourth book of Melpomene, Herodotus reports that the Phoenician exploreres had made
a round trip of Lybia (viz. Africa) around 600 B.C., on behalf of the Egyptian Pharaoh Nekau
(Necho) of the Dyn XXVI., and that they returned to Egypt through the Pillars of Hercules."




Webmasters Notes- This may explain why Elliot Grafton Smith not knowing the report of Melpo-
mene of the 600 B.C. era discovered a Canary Mummy that had egyptian practices of mummifi-
cation that was exactly like the 26th Dynasties practices.

We now have to points of contention that Greek-Egyptians knew of Canaries before 600 B.C.,
and maybe that the Egyptians knew about it even earlier.
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"An evidence of the real occurrence of such a voyage lies on Herodotus’ words when he
reports that the Phoenicians had the Sun on the right at a certain moment of their navi-
gation.

Some 100 years later, the Carthaginians made a Voyage in the Ocean Islands which came
down to us in the account of the Periplus of Hanno.

It seems probable that all these contacts were casual and irregular, no actual connection
having been established with the Canary islands, and in fact, the knowledge of their exist-
ence went lost soon after the fall of the Roman Empire.

The historians report that a Mauritanian King named Juba established a fishing business in
the Canaries some 50 years before the Christian Era.

However, the Canaries were rediscovered during the fourteenth-century when some explor-
ers and navigators from Genoa, Italy (note form a Carthage region), who were at the servi-
ces of the king of Protugal, began to explore the Atlantic Islands.

The Canary islands were probably reached by the Vivaldi brothers during their voyage with
no return.

In 1312, Lanzaroto Malocello of Genoa landed in the Island of Lanzarote which was called in
that way after his name.

In 1341 the discoverer of the Azores, Nicoloso da Recco (Recco is a small town near Genoa)
reached the canaries. It must be remembered that the arms of the City of Genoa appear on
ancient charts of the Canarian area.

Other explorers and navigators made their way to the Canaries. An account of the voyage
made by Julian de Bethencourt is given in the Chronical of "La Canarien" which was published
in Paris in the year 1630. (Histoire de la premiere decouverte et conqueste des Canaries faite
des l’ an 1402 par messire Jean de Bethencourt).

In 1476, in appliance of the Treaty of Tortdesillas defining the colonial spheres of Spain and
Portugal, the Canary Islands passed under Spanish control.

The Spaniards had to fight hard against the natives who did not accept their domination as
well as their religion. A long period of struggle took place until 1512 when the conquest and
the christianization of the islands were completed.

THE NATIVES WERE EXTERMINATED OR ABSORBED BY THE SPANIARDS.

Some others were exiled and never returned to their native land. The original culture and
language of the ancient Canarians went gradually lost. However, it must be taken into account
that the Canary Islands had become a strategic outpost of basic importance, particularly after
the Discovery of America in 1492.

It is a pity that there was no Diego de Landa among the Spanish conquerors who could take
record of native words and legends.



The sum of the evidence from the skeletal remains of the natives shows that the early inhabi-
tants of the Canary Islands belonged to different ethnical groups.


Actually, three physical types have been classed as belonging to well identified stocks, while a
fourth type, which is still unclassified, was perhaps an intrusive element.

A classification based on scientific methods of research was first set up at the end of the nine-
teenth century by the indefatigable Mr. R. Verneau, a reputed French Anthropologist. His basic
work is still valid, even if some revision is being carried out by numerous scholars in the light of
the evidence accumulated since Verneau times.

(R. Verneau ’Rapport sur une mission scientifique dans l’ Archipel Canarien’, Paris, 1887.)"
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"The most interesting amoung the physical types classified by Mr. Verneau shows close
similarities to the Cro-Magnon race of the Upper Paleolithic Europe.

This type was called "Guanche" by Mr. Verneau, who gave a specialized ethical meaning
to this word coming from the native language of Tenerife where it was originally used to
indicate "a native of", or "a son of".

Such people, being dominant element in the population of Tenerife, were tall to very tall in
 stature (some were over 6 feet of height), with the white-and-pink complextion of an English-
man, and a long head (dolicocephalic) with a broad face and a typical triangle shaped-chin.
They had big and low orbits with strong eyebrows. The body was strongly built. Their hair
ranged from fair to medium brown. Against popular belief that all Guanches were blonde, it
may be said that their hair was more or less the same one can see on the bare head of
people rushing up Trafalgar Square on a Summer Day after five o’clock.

Perhaps these folk were no longer pure Cro-Magnon since before their settlement in the Canary
 islands. WE think it advisable to call them Cromagnonoids rather than Guanches, owing to the
indiscriminate use made of this latter name, even by some scholars, to indicate all the natives
of the Canary Islands, regardless of the racial group they belonged to.

The second physical type, classed as Semitic by Mr. Verneau, would be better classed as Medi-
terranean. It was the dominant element in the islands of Gran Canaria and Hierro. These
people were small-to-medium in stature, with a complexion ranging from light to dark brown like
the Arabs and Southern Italians of Sicily and Calabria. They were moderately dolicocephalic with
a long face and a narrow nose. They had black eyes and their hair ranged from deep brown to
dark. The body was slenderly built.

The third type is featured by a short head (brachicephalic) with a broad face. The nose is large
and flattened. The body is squabby. Some scholars think that this type is likely to be related to
the Mongolic stock, while others regard it as the result of a mixture between Asiatic and Medi-
terranean types.

The fourth type has not yet been identified owing to the fact that only a few bones have been
found. Perhaps it was an occasional foreigner like the Negroid of Grimaldi in the Upper Paleolithic
cultures of SE France."
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"All these settlements took place in very ancient times before the invention of the wheel, and
before the diffusion of metal working.

Metals were totally unknown to the Canarians.

Like all the other Ocean islands East of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the Canaries were not inhabited
by man when the Cromagnooids coming from the NW Coast of Africa landed in search of better
conditions of life.

Actually, the Canary islands were the last outpost these people could aim at, as further on there
was nothing but the endless waters of a huge sea.

Taking into account that the Cromagnonoids had never been a sea going race, we might reason-
ably conceive that they believed they had reached the extreme boundary of the world."




Webmasters comment- There is no conclusive evidence that Cro-Magnon did not know what a
boat was, nor is there evidence he had not used one.

So, recent discoveries since 1965 have come to light that the Folsom man’s lithics in America
have many affinities to the Solturian in France with that ancient culture using spear lances as
well in both cases used on Bison.
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"However, when we turn to a tentative explanation of their unawareness of any kind of ship-
ping means, we are at a loss to understand how they reached the Canaries, as in fact, no
landing bridge ever existed to connect these islands to the African Continent."





Webmasters comment-There has been speculation recently and in the past that a land bridge
might once have existed, but that it was not a complete one and that a raft had to be used in
the island hopping to the first Canary Islands.

This however as yet has not been proven, but earth fractures may explain the possibility in the
future or we are left with Cro-Magnon was at the time Ocean going!





"It was a long time since the occurrence of the first immigration, when other peoples belonging
to a different racial group of Mediterranean extraction, settled in the islands bringing a more
developed culture. How comes it that all these folk lost their knowledge of navigation once l
anded on the Canary Islands?

Why the Canarians did never take the opportunity of picking up some shipping practice from
sailors or shipwrecked who, either occasionally, or on purpose must have landed on the islands,
particularly when the Phoenicians or the Carthagineans made some attempts to circumnavigate
the African Continent?"




Webmaster comments-In this way Canary Islands has the same enigma as Easter Islands why
would the people who depended on the sea and arrived by boat not be interested in further
travel due to remoteness, or a lost art, or a lack of trees on the an island. The possibility of
isolation from persecution, isolation in privacy of bliss in a religious sense, or the lack of need
to not stray from a good fishing source, or easily attained life.

It would not seem agriculture was the reason the Cro-Magnons came to Canary Islands.  It had
to be food like fish or fruit, protection, or insulation from climate that had gone wrong in Europe
and in the Sahara, and the Glacial Ages do reveal this to be true.

The Canaries where insulated from the cold, and scorching extremes for many thousands of years.
To a point that why would the climate change any time sooner for them? In both cases a drought
on Easter Island or Canary Islands would have been devastating, but in the Canary Islands it was
less likely due to the regional thermals.

The greatest danger to the Canaries is Tsunami, Volcanic Eruptions, or Earthquakes if we do not
include a near-by asteroid.


The Early Inhabitants of the Canary Islands, By Alf Bajocco Part II Discusses Language! 
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In the Chapter "Do que se diz das linguagens de todas estas Ilhas Canaries" of his manuscript,
the author reports that the Canary Islands were not inhabited by man and that they were
peopled by Carthaginean prisoners who had been conveyed to these islands by the Romans after
having their tongue cut for punishment.

Owing to this fact, their descendants who could not learn any speech whatever from their mute
fathers, developed new languages which grew independently throughout the islands as there was
no communication among them.

This story might be considered to be a figment of Frutuoso’s mind, but actually it isn’t as some
basic statements he reports are quite correct.

However, when we turn to Frutuoso’s assertion that the Canaries were not inhabited by man in
ancient times, we find that such a statement lies beyond the scientific knowledge of his times.
Who told him that the Canary Islands were not peopled by man?

This fact has only been ascertained by the geologists and archaeologists of our times.

Frutuoso also reports that a man, who was a native of Gran Canaria, named Anton Delgado,
having been questioned about the origin of his people, replied that the early inhabitants of the
islands had come from Morocco at the times of the Moors.
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Apart from the statement of the period of the immigration given by Anton Delgado was based
on actual facts.

Actually, the inhabitants of Gran Canaria were for the most part Mediterraneans who had come
from Morocco in very old times before the discovery of metal working.

It is our opinion that the account given by Gasper Frutuoso comes from an old Phoenician story
dealing with a voyage beyond the Pillars of Hercules erroneously ascribed to the Romans at a
later time.

However, Gasper Frutuoso insists on the Roman origin of the story and expresses his personal
conviction that the Canary islands had been discovered by the Roman Emperor Trajan (A.D. 97-117),
who was born in the Spanish port of Cadiz, and who was a reputed mathematician and philosopher.

Such an attitude of mind, which is typical of Frutousos’s times, only proves that the original
source of the story had been forgotten. It had been ascribed to the Romans in the same way
as all the inventions of the past were believed to be Chinese.
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Actually, there is no trace whatever of a Roman settlement in the Canary Islands, while we
know that the Romans used to leave durable evidence of their conquests everywhere they set.

As far as the absence of any knowledge of shipping throughout the islands is concerned, we
think it interesting to report that the natives of Gran Canaria could swim while those of Tenerife
couldn’t.

Gasper Frutuoso, in reporting Anton Delgado’s words affirms that the ancient inhabitants of the
Canary Islands spoke a different language and that they could not understand each other.

Actually, there were different dialects being offshoots from a common background of Berber
extraction. We give the hereunder some of the original Canarian words as they have been recon-
structed by the scholars of present days.

Even though some influences of Arabian dialects connot be denied, it must be pointed out
that the original language was Berber:
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“Ahemon "Water" in Lanzarote and Hierro (cf. Berber "Aman")

Ataman "The Sky" in Tenerife (cf. Wolof "Asaman" and Arabic "Sama")

Chamato "Woman" in Tenerife (cf. Taureg "Tamet")

Faican "High Priest" in Gran Canaria (cf. Wolof "Fayda" meaning "much esteemed")

Tagoror "Meeting" in Tenerife (cf. Tuareg "Tahrut" meaning "Society") webmasters note -
’Oro’ in word as singular ’people of’ a Egyptian god?

Tibicena "Dog" "Evil Spirit" in Gran Canaria (probably from the old African linguistic background)

Zeloy "The Sun" in Palma (cf. Berber "Azil")”

We also give a Canarian original sentence as reported by Spanish Historians:

"Ajeliles Juxaques Aventamares" meaning "Run away! They are coming to take you."

(Tomas Arias Marin y Cubas, Historia de las Siete Isles Canarias, origen, descubrimiento y
conquista, an original manuscript-A.D. 1694.)

These words belonging to the dialect spoken by the native Gomera are a proof that the
language was of Berber extraction. In the reconstruction made by Mr. G. Marcy, a well
known expert in Berber languages, the above mentioned sentence would be:
"Ahel I-bes, huhak sa aben tamara-s", with the same meaning.




From the evidence which we possess, we know that the cardinal numbers of the early
inhabitants of the Canary Islands were the following:


“Ben = One (webmaster comment- of the Egyptian-Celtic ’Ben-Ben stone’)

Lini =Two (webmaster note- Remi was probably the original twin Egyptian Goddesses)

Amiet= Three (compare with Egyptian HMT= Phallus, three lines, earth and sky symbol
hieroglyphs and meaning three in Ancient Egyptian)

Arba= Four (also Acodetti) webmasters note-’Splendorous four trees?’ or cardinal points?

Cansa = Five (webmaster note- a kind of ’Thoth’?)

Sumus = Six (webmaster note- ’Priests’)

Sat = Seven (webmaster note- ’Set’)

Tamatti= Eight (webmaster note- Lybian-Egyptian ’Mother Goddess’)

Acot = Nine (also Alda Morana, meaning "One less than ten") Webmaster note ’Splendor -
(Fire (Sun-Priest)) Beloved of Osiris’?

Marago = Ten (Webmaster note- Muluga, Moroca, Malaka i.e Milky like Milky Way
completed circle due to the less than expression of the above nine.)” 
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-The Webmaster admits speculation but with my years of research I know I am fairly right
on 80 percent of the above speculations along with Alf’s thoughts.

That a Semetic People left strong linguistic traces upon the Canary Islands far more then
Carthage or Romans did. This brings up the point that there may have been some lingustic
affinities between the Canary Natives back to Ancient Berber which in turn did influence some
of the later Egyptian words, more so than, say, to the Basques.

Basque words exist in the Canaries but must be cautioned to any association to the Cro-
Magnon linguistic patterns. They would be difficult and hard to divide even for a scholar on
this subject such as myself.

The clue would only be found in some prehistoric idioms that had some freakish local dialect
still pounding on the pavements of those islands and its peoples or their barter contacts via
folklore like expressions. Especially if unaccounted for in known Semetic, Roman, Etruscan,
or other Spanish latent cultures.

I predict it will turn out that an extremely ancient language would lie underneath with a very
close connection to some ancient Cro-Magnon Sahara expressions. The expressions might be
simple and probably extremely rare and a little more interesting then just ’ugh’.
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The whistle language given to sailor prisoners without tongues is an interesting problem
because, within the whistle, would be a meter that, like in poetry, would possibly mimick
the native language of the Gaunche songs or stories.

This as a plausible substitute to deal with natives feeling sorry for the Carthage prisoners
who needed to communicate in another way. We could say the bird language from the
Bushman Hottentot clicks, to the western african whistle language would not be out of
place, born out of hunting the creatures with their own whistles, nor found on the early
Canaries?

Did the Romans humiliate Carthage prisoners by substituting forcibly their language to
what they considered barbarians i.e click talkers, and whistlers, for it was a very harsh
punishment that involved towards Carthage, personal humiliation?

One would think Carthage prisoners would welcome the Guanche and as a beautiful peaceful
people even more civil then the Romans not treasure their wives' stories, for they could not
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"Our knowledge on Canarian numbers is mainly based on Spanish and Portuguese accounts.

We wish to mention a manuscript by Antonia de Cedeno, "Breve Resumen o Historia muy ver-
dadera de la conquista de Canaria", as it seems that this well known historian could avail him-
self of first-hand information including some transcription of the cardinal numbers.

Acodetti (Four) and Alda Morana (Nine) come from a manuscript in Latin giving the account
of a Portuguese expedition made in 1341 under the direction of Angiolino del Tegghia of
Florence, Itlay.

We wish to point out that the author of this manuscript was not Giovanni Boccaccio (the
famous Italian writer and poet), as it has erroneously been reported by some scholars.
The evidence given by the number three, which sounded almost in the same way both
Egyptian (HMT., where "H" is like "Ch" in Scoth Loch) and in Canarian (Amiet) proves that
there was a common background from which many languages and dialects of North Africa
derived.

It is interesting to say that some scholars believe that the Egyptian names of Cardinal Num-
bers from one to five were of African extraction while the following numbers show a Semetic
influence.

Other Canarian Cardinal Numbers, such as Ben (one) etc., have their counterpart in the
dialect spoken by the native tribes of the Western Coast of Africa (Wolof, Zenaga, Silha,
etc.)

We give hereunder some Canarian words of Berber extraction:"
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