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Inauguration of the exhibition “Canarias y textos de habla inglesa” with books belonging to Marcos Hormiga
June 2022

Inauguration of the exhibition “Canarias y textos de habla inglesa” with books belonging to Marcos Hormiga

The Island Archives are hosting, until June 24th, the exhibition “Canarias y textos de habla inglesa” (The Canaries and texts in English language) that include books belonging to Marcos Hormiga. About fifty books, most of them written in English, are a source of knowledge and are worth being consulted by anyone interested in the study and customs of the island's population through time. The exhibition was inaugurated in the context of the series of conferences titled “Blandura: Aula del Saber”. Before the inauguration, Marcos Hormiga paid tribute to the English-speaking travellers who came to Fuerteventura and contributed to its history. Hormiga explained that out of the 45 English-speaking scholars and scientists who were present in the Canaries during the XIX century, 9 of them came to Fuerteventura. Amongst hundreds of authors and texts, Hormiga, pointed out some of them, such as John Parkinson, an English naturalist, who lived in what is known as “Casa del Inglés” (the English man's house) in La Oliva, as well as James Miller, the author who created the original plan of Puerto Cabras and wrote an article about Puerto Cabras in The Pocket Magazine. He also pointed out Olivia Stone, whose publications were at the origins of guides written about the Canaries. Amongst other authors, Marcos Hormiga highlighted John Mercer, who wrote the book called “Islas Canarias Fuerteventura”, and was a pioneer in pointing out the issue with water on the island. Hormiga, born in Puerto del Rosario, in 1957, graduated in English philology and is a retired High School teacher and a keen researcher in traductology. He is the author of seven published books of poems, two novels aimed at young people and three books of prose fiction. Marcos Hormiga has carried out translations, commentaries and editions of articles and extracts of the Fuerteventura publications of 1884 from Olivia Stone, Puerto Cabras of 1817, as well as Famine from Desmond Egan, The Canary Islands, their history, Natural History and Scenery, as well as Fuerteventura and Tenerife, 1900, from Henry E. Harris and Canary Islands, Fuerteventura from John Mercer.