The menceyes within them formed what would be similar to municipalities today.

Tenerife was the last island of Canaries to be conquered and the one that took the longest time to submit to the Castilian troops.

Then the inhabitants of Santa Cruz used the former insult to identify as residents of the new capital, at La Laguna's expense.

About one hundred years before the conquest by king Juba II, the title of mencey was given to the monarch or king of the Guanches of Tenerife, who governed a menceyato or kingdom.

The island's indigenous people, the Guanches, referred to the island as Achinet or Chenet in their language (variant spellings are found in the literature).

According to Pliny the Younger, Berber king Juba II sent an expedition to the Canary Islands and Madeira; he named the Canary Islands for the particularly ferocious dogs (canaria) on the island.

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Juba II and Ancient Romans referred to the island of Tenerife as Nivaria, derived from the Latin word nix (nsg.; gsg. nives), meaning snow, referring to the snow-covered peak of the Teide volcano.