Iván Armenteros Martínez
The Canary Islands as an Area of Interconnectivity between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic (Fourteenth-Sixteenth Centuries)
Abstract This paper examines the role played by the Canary Islands as an area of interconnectivity between the Mediterranean and the middle Atlantic. It focuses on the period between the first European voyages to the archipelago in the fourteenth century and the early decades of the sixteenth century, when the islands’ economy was in full swing and perfectly integrated into the economic system that united first the trading circuits of Europe and West Africa, and later the New World. The paper specifically analyses the economic role of the islands by looking above all at the development of two activities that were at the heart of the Atlantic trade revolution; the slave trade and the production and transportation of sugar.