name of the coast of death

Some bibliographies point out that the name of the region is not Galician, that it was coined by the writer Annette Meakin, a  friend of Queen Victoria´s, wife of King Alfonso XIII.
Back in 1908, surprised and horrified by the shipwrecks that occurred at the end of the 19th century, the writer ended up referring to this coast as "Coast of Death". Meakin clarified that the name was popular among English sailors owing to the number of shipwrecks on this coast.
Subsequently, under the influence of the press from Britain and Madrid, it began to be known as Costa da Morte.


Although it is true that this was the only reference we had until recently, researchers and writers Rafael and Xosé Manuel Lema Mouzo mention other cases in which this name is used to refer to this land:

  • From 1904, a copy of the newspaper Noroeste,from Coruña, reported : "Three shipwrecks on the coast of death." This is the earliest known written reference to the place name Costa da Morte.
  • From 1907, there is a map with a cross marking the sinking of the Serpent and with the name "Coast of Death" written on the map
  • From 1910, a poem by Faustino Lastres read: "E alá na costa d`a morte / Érguese sobre os peñascos / O villano semper forte".

WHAT TO DO.

A Book: “Costa da Morte, un país de sueños y naufragios.”
Rafael Lema Mouzo. Camariñas (Ponte do Porto)
Grupo Acción Costeira
Synopsis: Work of dissemination about the history of the shipwrecks on the Coast of Death and research on the history of this toponym.

 

LiresCa - Lires on the Camino 
Stage Muxía Fisterra 
Rural Tourism in Galicia

 

  • Share this post!

Leave a comment

Recent posts

DID YOU KNOW? The Mar de Fàbula Environmental Association was the first to exhibit in Espazo LiresCa
DID YOU KNOW? The Mar de Fàbula Environmental Association was the first to exhibit in Espazo LiresCa

The exhibition of the Mar de Fàbula Environmental Association was with us in Espacio Liresca for almost 2 months. It was the first exhibition with which we inaugurated LiresCa. And we are very grateful to Mar de Fàbula and Xosé Manuel Barros. The chaotic figures, the fish boxes, the lost heads, the boats, ... in short, the sculptures made of the plastic garbage collected from our beaches accompanied us during our first steps of this new voyage. There were many people who passed through LiresCa during these mont…

DID YOU KNOW? On the beach of Lires, the fishing of the `lubión´ is carried out using a sickle
DID YOU KNOW? On the beach of Lires, the fishing of the `lubión´ is carried out using a sickle

On the beach of Lires, in the coldest months of winter, you can fish for a curious small bodied fish (maximum 35 cm), elongated, pointed head and blue-green in colour. It answers to the name of "lubión",  although in other locations it is known as "lanzón, pipión or pixilin". Although its fishing is not usually done for sport, but rather for bait, in Lires it is tradition to fry them in oil and then savour them at the table. The smallest specimens are eaten whole with spine and head. T…

DID YOU KNOW? The Lighthouse Way originated from the restlessness of a group of friends who wanted to hike the Coast of Death all along the coastline
DID YOU KNOW? The Lighthouse Way originated from the restlessness of a group of friends who wanted to hike the Coast of Death all along the coastline

The Lighthouse of Vilán On December 7, 2012, six friends left Malpica to walk for more than 200 kms along the Coast of Death, always staying close to the sea. After several weeks exploring the coast in search of paths and trails they arrived in Finisterre, realizing they had designed a spectacular hiking route with lighthouses, dunes, beaches, inlets, cliffs, forts, dolmens, fishing villages, mountains, sunsets , .. At that very moment "The Lighthouse Way" (1) was born. WHAT TO DO:  Choose a stage of the Ligh…

Newsletter

Register and be the first to know the latest news

*By entering my email I give my consent to receive communications from LiresCa through my e-mail and I confirm that I have read the Data Protection policy.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. OK More information