Emigration to South America
The continent of America was the destination of many Canarian emigrants
Tenerife, as have the rest of the Canary Islands, has always looked towards the American continent, with which it has many historical links, as the usual destination when forced to emigrate in search of a better future. In 1726, a group of 20 island families immigrated to this continent and ended up founding the city of Monetvideo: four years later, in 1730, another group left the island and eventually founded the town of San Antonio in Texas (USA).
Then in 1770 the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife bid farewell to the founders of San Bernado, in the state of Louisiana. Unfortunately, due to the island's economic difficulties immigration to America, both legal and illegal, continued until the seventies in the last century. Venezuela and Cuba were the main destinations for these island emigrants. Today, the reverse is happening, and many of the descendants of those island emigrants are now returning to Tenerife.