During the 1600s and 1700s, Tenerife was often the target of British, Dutch, French, and Berber pirates, most notably in the British invasion of 1797 led by the eminent Admiral Horatio Nelson, who lost his arm there. Robert Blake and Walter Raleigh also took part in attacks on the island.
In spite of these invasions, Tenerife prospered as a stopping point for many Spanish ships bound for the New World, who would increase their crew from the inhabitants. A group from Santa Cruz de Tenerife was instrumental in the foundation of St. Bernard Parish, in Louisiana.
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