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Not content to ransack Egyptian tombs for mummies, merchants turned to sources like the Canary Islands, off the northwest coast of Africa. The Guanche people once practiced mummymaking on these islands. After Spain invaded the Canary Islands in 1402, thousands of mummies were found in caves scattered across Tenerife, the largest island. It appeared that most of them had belonged to the Guanche aristocracy.
In 1526, a man named Thomas Nichols explored a cave containing approximately four hundred mummies. Many of the mummies were lying in the extended position, but some were standing straight up and others were hanging from the walls. In 1770, a cave containing 1,000 mummies was located between the towns of Arico and Guimar. And in 1773, a smaller mummy cave was found by a Captain Young who commanded the sloop Weasel. In this cave, the mummies were sewn up in goatskins. Young asked the local priest if he could buy one of the bodies. At first, the priest objected, but when Young offered him some gold, the priest allowed him to buy one. Young took the mummy back to England and pre?sented it to Trinity College, Cambridge.
In all, five caves on Tenerife holding mummies were found, though some accounts reveal that at least twenty caves existed. Despite the number of mummies that were discovered on Tenerife, almost none are in existence today because most were turned into powder and sold as medicine. Those placed on display in museums have been removed from exhibit recently; therefore, it is no longer possible to see a Guanche mummy except in a photograph or illustration.