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March 9, 1731
As with the other Canary Islands, Lanzarote is Volcanic in origin. The dry climate (and lack of erosion) means that the volcanic landscape appears much as it did just after the eruptions.
The volcanic eruptions between 1730 and 1736 (for 2,053 days), covered a quarter of the island's surface, destroying its most fertile farmland and eleven villages, creating 32 new volcanoes in a stretch of 11 miles (18 kilometers). Due to the numerous eruptions many parts of Lanzarote’s treeless volcanic landscapes appear to be from another world, the island countryside is often described as “lunar” or “Martian” in appearance. Its particular landscape is the result of six years of exceptionally violent volcanic eruptions that covered almost a third of the island's surface with a thick layer of lava in the early eighteenth century, replacing a landscape of farmland and villages with lava fields and volcanic peaks.
The tallest mountain is elevating 670 meters (2,198 feet) above sea level. Arrecife, the capital since 1852, is a city in the center-east of the island. The city owes its name to the rock reef "Arrecife" (reef in Spanish), which covers the beach located in the city. Lanzarote was probably the first Canary Island to be settled.
Ten of the Sixteen Families that settled in the province of Texas in 1731 came from the Island of Lanzarote. There where a total of forty persons from the island. Of the fifty-five that arrive at San Antonio, thirty-five where Lanzaroteans, five died en route.
The Juan Leal Goraz Family
The Juan Curbelo Family
The Juan Leal, Jr. (el Mozo) Family
The Antonio de los Santos Family
The Joseph Leal Family
The Salvador Rodriguez Family
The Juan Delgado Family
The Jose Cabrera Family
The Maria Rodriguez-Provayna Granadillo Family
Mariana Meleano Delgado Family