Falkland Islands

  • Brian Hunter
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


HISTORY. France established a settlement in 1764 and Britain a second settlement in 1765. In 1770 Spain bought out the French and drove off the British. This action on the part of Spain brought that country and Britain to the verge of war. The Spanish restored the settlement to the British in 1771, but the settlement was withdrawn on economic grounds in 1774. In 1806 Spanish rule was overthrown in Argentina, and the Argentine claimed to succeed Spain in the French and British settlements in 1820. The British objected and reclaimed their settlement in 1832 as a Crown Colony.


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Further Reading

  1. Gough, B., The Falkland Islands/Malvinos: the Contest for Empire in the South Atlantic. London, 1992Google Scholar
  2. Hoffmann, F. L. and Hoffmann, O. M., Sovereignty in Dispute. London, 1984Google Scholar
  3. Smith, W. S. (ed.) Towards Resolution? The Falklands/Malvinas Dispute. London, 1991Google Scholar
  4. Strange, I. J., The Falkland Islands. 3rd ed. Newton Abbot, 1983.—The Falkland Islands and their Natural History. Newton Abbot, 1987Google Scholar

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1995

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