The British Governor of Menorca Richard Kane

In 1708, for the first time, Menorca passed into the hands of the British crown. In 1713, with the Treaty of Utrecht, since the governor did not spend much time on the island, Kane was left with the position of lieutenant governor, some difficult years for him, until in 1733 he was appointed governor and two more years late brigadier general. His main mission was to ensure the possession of the island by the British, with which he would have to regulate trade, industry, agriculture, livestock and island administration. He often ran into both Menorcan political and religious institutions and the population, who “jealous of their faith and political privilege, viewed the British as rulers and Protestant heretics.” He even had to go to London to defend himself against the Menorcan accusations.

Kane, however, was confirmed in his post, in which he continued practically the rest of his life, since he only left the island on a few occasions to visit London and to come to the defense of Gibraltar. As governor, he was the one who changed Ciudadela as capital for Mahón. Apart from his military functions, in command of the British garrison in Menorca, Kane watched over the well-being of the island. One of his works, and the best known was “Camí d’en Kane” (Kane’s path), a 20 km path that crosses Menorca from Ciudadela to Mahón passing through Mercadal. Originally it served to facilitate the transfer of the troops as well as so that ranchers and farmers had adequate access to local markets.

The governor pushed for considerable improvements to benefit the island’s economy by introducing new breeds of livestock and new crops. He prepared an unusable area so that it could be cultivated in the port of Mahón that was a source of disease transmission and turned it into a rich garden that has been the main source of supply of vegetables and vegetables in Mahón until a few days ago. On the road from Mahón to Fornells there is a monument in memory of Governor Kane and the Military Museum of Menorca dedicates an exhibition room to him.

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