raids of English corsairs
Battles of October 13 and 24, 1740
Both attacks on the Majorero people ended up in the same way: victory of the island’s soldiers – fighting under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Sanchez Umpierrez, Gobernador
Armas on Fuerteventura back then – over the English privateers in the battles of El Cuchillete, on 13th October, and Tamasite, on 24th November.
These events had such impact that, some days after, all the mayors gathered in Betancuria, island capital at that time, to agree to hold mass and processions every 13th October in honour of St. Michael the Archangel, Patron Saint of Tuineje Church, which was robbed during the attacks.