FMHOY - Fuerteventura
Reality or fiction, the legend says that many, many years ago, there was a tree on the island of El Hierro called the Garoé tree or Sacred Tree. Located in the Barranco of Tigulate, it was a unique tree, well, no one knew off any other such tree. It stayed upright until 1610 when a vandal removed it.
At present, the Garoé tree is a symbol and part of the cultural wealth of the island. Since the 20th century, a laurel was planted in its location to represent the legendary tree. The origin of a sacred tree The Garoé tree was able to provide water on the whole island.
It was located at over 1.000 metres of altitude and had a very thick trunk, the tree was truly imposing. Every day, it used to distil, thanks to its large leaves, the water from the mist that came from the ocean. Converted into fresh water, this water would drip constantly and accumulate in reservoirs made by in the floor by the Bimbaches, the primitive population of the island. There was no other water on the island of El Hierro than the water provided by the Garoé tree, which meant that the Bimbaches adored the tree. For them, the tree was an authentic divine present that provided them with safety and wellbeing.
Opposition before the conquest Every so often, some pirate or conquerors' boats would arrive in El Hierro. Faced with this danger, the Bimbaches would hide the Garoé tree and keep its power as a secret.
Therefore, the Bimbache had noticed that after the water reserves the invaders had brought themselves would dry out, the invaders would leave again. But this didn't work every time. Once upon a time, a French-Spanish expedition arrived at the harbour of El Hierro. Shortly after, water started being scarce.
The Bimbaches, as they had on previous occasions, kept their secret. However, the young Agarfa broke the pact. She had fallen in love with a young Andalucian from the expedition and blinded by her love, she told him of the Garoé tree, not thinking that she was condemning the whole population.
Having found water, the conquest of the island became a reality. Agarfa was executed by her friends and family. A few days later, Armiche, the last Mensey de Hero, was captured with his vassals. They became slaves and this was the end of the existence of this population that has now become part of the island's history.