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Location address: España, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
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Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spanish pronunciation: [santaˈkɾuð ðe teneˈɾife or santaˈkɾus ðe teneˈɾife]), in full Santa Cruz de Santiago de Tenerife, and commonly abbreviated as Santa Cruz [ˈsanta kɾuθ], is the capital (jointly with Las Palmas) of the Canary Islands, and the capital of Province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Santa Cruz has a population of 206,593 (2013) within its administrative limits. The urban zone of Santa Cruz extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of 507,306. This is the main city on the island of Tenerife with a population of nearly 1 million.
The Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife was an amphibious assault by the British Royal Navy on the Spanish port city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands. Launched by Rear-Admiral Horatio Nelson on 22 July 1797, the assault was defeated, and on 25 July the remains of the landing party withdrew under a truce with the loss of several hundred casualties. Nelson himself had been wounded in the arm, which was subsequently partially amputated: a stigma that he carried to his grave as a constant reminder of his failure.
The Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife was a military operation in the Anglo-Spanish War (1654–1660) in which an English fleet under Admiral Robert Blake attacked a Spanish treasure fleet that had already landed the treasure at Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Spanish Canary Islands. Most of the Spanish merchantmen were scuttled and the remainder were burnt by the English.
Scientist and geographer Alexander von Humboldt arrived in Santa Cruz on June 1799. He was making his Latin American expedition. He stopped here six days on the island of Tenerife to climb Mount Teide.