At the time of the uprising, General Francisco Franco was in the Canary Islands.
The Spanish Civil War, when General Francisco Franco’s nationalists raised an uprising against the ruling Republicans, began on July 17, 1936. The uprising began in Spanish Morocco, that is, in Africa. Namely, the northern part of today’s Morocco was still under Spanish colonial rule at that time. It was in that area that there was a large concentration of nationalists, who raised an uprising, and they were supported by the local Muslim population.
At the time of the uprising, General Francisco Franco was in the Canary Islands. Namely, there, during the time of the hostile, republican government, he was transferred from the position of Chief of the General Staff of the Spanish Army. Of course, General Franco saw this transfer as a kind of expulsion. After the uprising broke out, Franco flew from the Canary Islands to Spanish Morocco in the following days, which sided with his nationalists. There Franco took command of the African Army, intending to use it to occupy the rest of Spain. Almost half of Spain had already sided with the nationalists in the early days, and a bloody civil war broke out between the two halves of the country that lasted almost three years and in which hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives.
The war ended in the spring of 1939 with the victorious entry of Franco’s forces into Madrid. This was followed by bloody repression of dissidents and a period of Franco’s dictatorship that lasted until his death in 1975.