South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

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


Key Historical Events. The first landing and exploration was undertaken by Captain James Cook, who formally took possession in the name of George III on 17 Jan. 1775. British sealers arrived in 1788 and American sealers in 1791. Sealing reached its peak in 1800. A German team was the first to carry out scientific studies there in 1882–83. Whaling began in 1904 and ceased in 1966, and the civil administration was withdrawn. Argentine forces invaded South Georgia on 3 April 1982. A British naval task force recovered the Island on 25 April 1982.

Further Reading

  1. Headland, R. K., The Island of South Georgia. CUP, 1985Google Scholar

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