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The Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
(/ˈfɔːlklənd/; Spanish: Islas Malvinas, pronounced [ˈislas malˈβinas]) is an archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
on the Patagonian Shelf. The principal islands are about 300 miles (483 kilometres) east of South America's southern Patagonian coast, at a latitude of about 52°S. The archipelago, with an area of 4,700 square miles (12,000 square kilometres), comprises East Falkland, West Falkland
West Falkland
and 776 smaller islands. As a British overseas territory, the Falklands have internal self-governance, and the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
takes responsibility for their defence and foreign affairs. The Falkland Islands' capital is Stanley on East Falkland. Controversy exists over the Falklands' discovery and subsequent colonisation by Europeans. At various times, the islands have had French, British, Spanish, and Argentine settlements. Britain reasserted its rule in 1833, although Argentina
maintains its claim to the islands. In April 1982, Argentine forces temporarily occupied the islands. British administration was restored two months later at the end of the Falklands War. Most Falklanders favour the archipelago remaining a UK overseas territory, but its sovereignty status is part of an ongoing dispute between Argentina
and the United Kingdom. The population (2,932 inhabitants in 2012)[A] primarily consists of native-born Falkland Islanders, the majority of British descent. Other ethnicities include French, Gibraltarian and Scandinavian. Immigration from the United Kingdom, the South Atlantic island of Saint Helena, and Chile
has reversed a population decline. The predominant (and official) language is English. Under the British Nationality (Falkland Islands) Act 1983, Falkland Islanders
Falkland Islanders
are British citizens. The islands lie on the boundary of the subantarctic oceanic and tundra climate zones, and both major islands have mountain ranges reaching 2,300 feet (700 m). They are home to large bird populations, although many no longer breed on the main islands because of competition from introduced species. Major economic activities include fishing, tourism and sheep farming, with an emphasis on high-quality wool exports. Oil exploration, licensed by the Falkland Islands Government, remains controversial as a result of maritime disputes with Argentina.


1 Etymology 2 History 3 Government

3.1 Sovereignty

4 Geography 5 Biodiversity 6 Economy 7 Demographics 8 Culture 9 See also 10 Notes 11 References 12 Bibliography 13 Further reading 14 External links

Etymology See also: List of Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
placenames The name "Falkland Islands" comes from Falkland Sound, the strait that separates the two main islands.[8] The name "Falkland" was applied to the channel by John Strong, captain of an English expedition which landed on the islands in 1690. Strong named the strait in honour of Anthony Cary, 5th Viscount of Falkland, the Treasurer of the Navy
Treasurer of the Navy
who sponsored his journey.[9] The Viscount's title originates from the town of Falkland, Scotland—the town's name likely comes from a Gaelic term referring to an "enclosure" (lann),[B] but it could less plausibly be from the Anglo-Saxon term "folkland" (land held by folk-right).[11] The name "Falklands" was not applied to the islands until 1765, when British captain John Byron
John Byron
of the Royal Navy, claimed them for King George III as "Falkland's Islands".[12] The term "Falklands" is a standard abbreviation used to refer to the islands. The Spanish name for the archipelago, Islas Malvinas, derives from the French Îles Malouines—the name given to the islands by French explorer Louis-Antoine de Bougainville
Louis-Antoine de Bougainville
in 1764.[13] Bougainville, who founded the islands' first settlement, named the area after the port of Saint-Malo
(the point of departure for his ships and colonists).[14] The port, located in the Brittany
region of western France, was in turn named after St. Malo (or Maclou), the Christian evangelist who founded the city.[15] At the twentieth session of the United Nations General Assembly, the Fourth Committee determined that, in all languages other than Spanish, all UN documentation would designate the territory as Falkland Islands (Malvinas). In Spanish, the territory was designated as Islas Malvinas (Falkland Islands).[16] The nomenclature used by the United Nations for statistical processing purposes is Falkland Islands (Malvinas).[17] History Main articles: History of the Falkland Islands
History of the Falkland Islands
and Timeline of the history of the Falkland Islands Although Fuegians
from Patagonia
may have visited the Falkland Islands in prehistoric times,[18] the islands were uninhabited when Europeans first discovered them.[19] Claims of discovery date back to the 16th century, but no consensus exists on whether early explorers discovered the Falklands or other islands in the South Atlantic.[20][21][C] The first recorded landing on the islands is attributed to English captain John Strong, who, en route to Peru's and Chile's littoral in 1690, discovered the Falkland Sound and noted the islands' water and game.[23] The Falklands remained uninhabited until the 1764 establishment of Port Louis on East Falkland
East Falkland
by French captain Louis Antoine de Bougainville, and the 1766 foundation of Port Egmont
Port Egmont
on Saunders Island by British captain John MacBride.[D] Whether or not the settlements were aware of each other's existence is debated by historians.[26] In 1766, France
surrendered its claim on the Falklands to Spain, which renamed the French colony Puerto Soledad
Puerto Soledad
the following year.[27] Problems began when Spain
discovered and captured Port Egmont in 1770. War was narrowly avoided by its restitution to Britain in 1771.[28] Both the British and Spanish settlements coexisted in the archipelago until 1774, when Britain's new economic and strategic considerations led it to voluntarily withdraw from the islands, leaving a plaque claiming the Falklands for King George III.[29] Spain's Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata became the only governmental presence in the territory. West Falkland
West Falkland
was left abandoned, and Puerto Soledad
Puerto Soledad
became mostly a prison camp.[30] Amid the British invasions of the Río de la Plata during the Napoleonic Wars
Napoleonic Wars
in Europe, the islands' governor evacuated the archipelago in 1806; Spain's remaining colonial garrison followed suit in 1811, except for gauchos and fishermen who remained voluntarily.[30] Thereafter, the archipelago was visited only by fishing ships; its political status was undisputed until 1820, when Colonel David Jewett, an American privateer working for the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata, informed anchored ships about Buenos Aires' 1816 claim to Spain's territories in the South Atlantic.[31][E] Since the islands had no permanent inhabitants, in 1823 Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
granted German-born merchant Luis Vernet
Luis Vernet
permission to conduct fishing activities and exploit feral cattle in the archipelago.[F] Vernet settled at the ruins of Puerto Soledad
Puerto Soledad
in 1826, and accumulated resources on the islands until the venture was secure enough to bring settlers and form a permanent colony.[35] Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
named Vernet military and civil commander of the islands in 1829,[36] and he attempted to regulate sealing to stop the activities of foreign whalers and sealers.[30] Vernet's venture lasted until a dispute over fishing and hunting rights led to a raid by the American warship USS Lexington in 1831,[37][G] when United States Navy
United States Navy
commander Silas Duncan declared the dissolution of the island's government.[38]

Depiction of a Falklands corral, shepherds and sheep in 1849 (painting by Royal Navy
Royal Navy
Admiral Edward Fanshawe)

Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
attempted to retain influence over the settlement by installing a garrison, but a mutiny in 1832 was followed the next year by the arrival of British forces who reasserted Britain's rule.[39] The Argentine Confederation
Argentine Confederation
(headed by Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
Governor Juan Manuel de Rosas) protested against Britain's actions,[40][H] and Argentine governments have continued since then to register official protests against Britain.[43][I] The British troops departed after completing their mission, leaving the area without formal government.[45] Vernet's deputy, the Scotsman Matthew Brisbane, returned to the islands that year to restore the business, but his efforts ended after, amid unrest at Port Louis, gaucho Antonio Rivero led a group of dissatisfied individuals to murder Brisbane and the settlement's senior leaders; survivors hid in a cave on a nearby island until the British returned and restored order.[45] In 1840, the Falklands became a Crown colony, and Scottish settlers subsequently established an official pastoral community.[46] Four years later, nearly everyone relocated to Port Jackson, considered a better location for government, and merchant Samuel Lafone began a venture to encourage British colonisation.[47] Stanley, as Port Jackson was soon renamed, officially became the seat of government in 1845.[48] Early in its history, Stanley had a negative reputation due to cargo-shipping losses; only in emergencies would ships rounding Cape Horn
Cape Horn
stop at the port.[49] Nevertheless, the Falklands' geographic location proved ideal for ship repairs and the "Wrecking Trade", the business of selling and buying shipwrecks and their cargoes.[50] Aside from this trade, commercial interest in the archipelago was minimal due to the low-value hides of the feral cattle roaming the pastures. Economic growth began only after the Falkland Islands Company, which bought out Lafone's failing enterprise in 1851,[J] successfully introduced Cheviot sheep
Cheviot sheep
for wool farming, spurring other farms to follow suit.[52] The high cost of importing materials, combined with the shortage of labour and consequent high wages, meant the ship repair trade became uncompetitive. After 1870, it declined as the replacement of sail ships by steamships was accelerated by the low cost of coal in South America; by 1914, with the opening of the Panama Canal, the trade effectively ended.[53] In 1881, the Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
became financially independent of Britain.[48] For more than a century, the Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
Company dominated the trade and employment of the archipelago; in addition, it owned most housing in Stanley, which greatly benefited from the wool trade with the UK.[52]

Naval confrontation during the 1914 Battle of the Falkland Islands (painting by William Lionel Wyllie)

In the first half of the 20th century, the Falklands served an important role in Britain's territorial claims to subantarctic islands and a section of Antarctica. The Falklands governed these territories as the Falkland Islands Dependencies starting in 1908, and retained them until their dissolution in 1985.[54] The Falklands also played a minor role in the two world wars as a military base aiding control of the South Atlantic. In the First World War Battle of the Falkland Islands in December 1914, a Royal Navy
Royal Navy
fleet defeated an Imperial German squadron. In the Second World War, following the December 1939 Battle of the River Plate, the battle-damaged HMS Exeter steamed to the Falklands for repairs.[19] In 1942, a battalion en route to India was redeployed to the Falklands as a garrison amid fears of a Japanese seizure of the archipelago.[55] After the war ended, the Falklands economy was affected by declining wool prices and the political uncertainty resulting from the revived sovereignty dispute between the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and Argentina.[49] Simmering tensions between the UK and Argentina
increased during the second half of the century, when Argentine President Juan Perón asserted sovereignty over the archipelago.[56] The sovereignty dispute intensified during the 1960s, shortly after the United Nations passed a resolution on decolonisation which Argentina
interpreted as favourable to its position.[57] In 1965, the UN General Assembly passed Resolution 2065, calling for both states to conduct bilateral negotiations to reach a peaceful settlement of the dispute.[57] From 1966 until 1968, the UK confidentially discussed with Argentina
the transfer of the Falklands, assuming its judgement would be accepted by the islanders.[58] An agreement on trade ties between the archipelago and the mainland was reached in 1971 and, consequently, Argentina built a temporary airfield at Stanley in 1972.[48] Nonetheless, Falklander dissent, as expressed by their strong lobby in the UK Parliament, and tensions between the UK and Argentina
effectively limited sovereignty negotiations until 1977.[59] Concerned at the expense of maintaining the Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
in an era of budget cuts, the UK again considered transferring sovereignty to Argentina
in the early Thatcher government.[60] Substantive sovereignty talks again ended by 1981, and the dispute escalated with passing time.[61] In April 1982, the disagreement became an armed conflict when Argentina
invaded the Falklands and other British territories in the South Atlantic, briefly occupying them until a UK expeditionary force retook the territories in June.[62] After the war, the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
expanded its military presence, building RAF Mount Pleasant and increasing the size of its garrison.[63] The war also left some 117 minefields containing nearly 20,000 mines of various types, including anti-vehicle and anti-personnel mines.[64] Due to the large number of deminer casualties, initial attempts to clear the mines ceased in 1983.[64][K] Based on Lord Shackleton's recommendations, the Falklands diversified from a sheep-based monoculture into an economy of tourism and, with the establishment of the Falklands Exclusive Economic Zone, fisheries.[66][L] The road network was also made more extensive, and the construction of RAF Mount Pleasant
RAF Mount Pleasant
allowed access to long haul flights.[66] Oil exploration also began, with indications of possible commercially exploitable deposits in the Falklands basin.[67] Landmine clearance work restarted in 2009, in accordance with the UK's obligations under the Ottawa Treaty, and Sapper Hill
Sapper Hill
was cleared of mines in 2012, allowing access to an important historical landmark for the first time in 30 years.[68][69] Argentina
and the UK re-established diplomatic relations in 1990; relations have since deteriorated as neither has agreed on the terms of future sovereignty discussions.[70] Disputes between the governments have led "some analysts [to] predict a growing conflict of interest between Argentina and Great Britain ... because of the recent expansion of the fishing industry in the waters surrounding the Falklands".[71] Government Main article: Politics of the Falkland Islands

Government House in Stanley is the Governor's official residence.

The Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
are a self-governing British Overseas Territory.[72] Under the 2009 Constitution, the islands have full internal self-government; the UK is responsible for foreign affairs, retaining the power "to protect UK interests and to ensure the overall good governance of the territory".[73] The Monarch of the United Kingdom is the head of state, and executive authority is exercised on the monarch's behalf by the Governor, who in turn appoints the islands' Chief Executive on the advice of members of the Legislative Assembly.[74] Both the Governor and Chief Executive serve as the head of government.[75] Governor Nigel Phillips
Nigel Phillips
was appointed in September 2017[76] and Chief Executive Barry Rowland was appointed in October 2016.[77] The UK minister responsible for the Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
since 2016, Alan Duncan, administers British foreign policy regarding the islands.[78] The Governor acts on the advice of the islands' Executive Council, composed of the Chief Executive, the Director of Finance and three elected members of the Legislative Assembly (with the Governor as chairman).[74] The Legislative Assembly, a unicameral legislature, consists of the Chief Executive, the Director of Finance and eight members (five from Stanley and three from Camp) elected to four-year terms by universal suffrage.[74] All politicians in the Falkland Islands are independent; no political parties exist on the islands.[79] Since the 2013 general election, members of the Legislative Assembly have received a salary and are expected to work full-time and give up all previously held jobs or business interests.[80] Due to its link to the UK, the Falklands are part of the overseas countries and territories of the European Union.[81] The islands' judicial system, overseen by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, is largely based on English law,[82] and the constitution binds the territory to the principles of the European Convention on Human Rights.[73] Residents have the right of appeal to the European Court of Human Rights and the Privy Council.[83][84] Law enforcement is the responsibility of the Royal Falkland Islands Police
Royal Falkland Islands Police
(RFIP),[82] and military defence of the islands is provided by the United Kingdom.[85] A British military garrison is stationed on the islands, and the Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
government funds an additional company-sized light infantry Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
Defence Force.[86] The territorial waters of the Falklands extend to 200 nautical miles (370 km) from its coastal baselines, based on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea; this border overlaps with the maritime boundary of Argentina.[87] Sovereignty
dispute Main article: Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
sovereignty dispute The United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and Argentina
both claim the Falkland Islands. The UK bases its position on its continuous administration of the islands since 1833 and the islanders' "right to self-determination as set out in the UN Charter".[88][89][90] Argentina's position is that it acquired the Falklands from Spain
when it achieved independence in 1816, and that, in 1833, the UK expelled Argentine authorities and settlers from the islands with a threat of "greater force" and, afterwards, barred Argentines from resettling the islands.[91][92] In 2009, the British prime minister, Gordon Brown, had a meeting with the Argentine president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, and said that there would be no further talks over the sovereignty of the Falklands.[93] In March 2013, the Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
held a referendum on its political status, with 99.8 percent of voters favoured remaining under British rule.[94][95] Argentina
does not recognise the Falkland Islanders
Falkland Islanders
as a partner in negotiations.[96][97][91] Geography Main article: Geography of the Falkland Islands

Map of the Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
have a land area of 4,700 square miles (12,000 km2) and a coastline estimated at 800 miles (1,300 km).[98] The archipelago consists of two main islands, West Falkland
West Falkland
and East Falkland, and about 776 smaller islands.[99] The islands are predominantly mountainous and hilly,[100] with the major exception being the depressed plains of Lafonia
(a peninsula forming the southern part of East Falkland).[101] The Falklands consists of continental crust fragments resulting from the break-up of Gondwana
and the opening of the South Atlantic that began 130 million years ago. The islands are located in the South Atlantic Ocean, on the Patagonian Shelf, about 300 miles (480 km) east of Patagonia
in southern Argentina.[102] The Falklands' approximate location is latitude 51°40′ – 53°00′ S and longitude 57°40′ – 62°00′ W.[103] The archipelago's two main islands are separated by the Falkland Sound,[104] and its deep coastal indentations form natural harbours.[105] East Falkland
East Falkland
houses Stanley (the capital and largest settlement),[103] the UK military base at RAF Mount Pleasant, and the archipelago's highest point: Mount Usborne, at 2,313 feet (705 m).[104] Outside of these significant settlements is the area colloquially known as "Camp", which is derived from the Spanish term for countryside (Campo).[106] The climate of the islands is cold, windy and humid maritime.[102] Variability of daily weather is typical throughout the archipelago.[107] Rainfall is common over half of the year, averaging 610 millimetres (24 in) in Stanley, and sporadic light snowfall occurs nearly all year.[100] The temperature has historically stayed between 21.1 and −11.1 °C (70.0 and 12.0 °F) in Stanley, with mean monthly temperatures varying from 9 °C (48 °F) early in the year to −1 °C (30 °F) in July.[107] Strong westerly winds and cloudy skies are common.[100] Although numerous storms are recorded each month, conditions are normally calm.[107] Biodiversity Main article: Wildlife of the Falkland Islands

Colony of southern rockhopper penguins on Saunders Island

The Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
are a biogeographical part of the mild Antarctic zone,[108] with strong connections to the flora and fauna of Patagonia in mainland South America.[109] Land birds make up most of the Falklands' avifauna; 63 species breed on the islands, including 16 endemic species.[110] There is also abundant arthropod diversity on the islands.[111] The Falklands' flora consists of 163 native vascular species.[112] The islands' only native terrestrial mammal, the warrah, was hunted to extinction by European settlers.[113] The islands are frequented by marine mammals, such as the southern elephant seal and the South American fur seal, and various types of cetaceans; offshore islands house the rare striated caracara. The Falklands are also home to five different penguin species and a few of the largest albatross colonies on the planet.[114] Endemic fish around the islands are primarily from the genus Galaxias.[111] The Falklands are treeless and have a wind-resistant vegetation predominantly composed of a variety of dwarf shrubs.[115] Virtually the entire land area of the islands is used as pasture for sheep.[116] Introduced species
Introduced species
include reindeer, hares, rabbits, Patagonian foxes, brown rats and cats.[117] The detrimental impact several of these species have caused to native flora and fauna has led authorities to attempt to contain, remove or exterminate invasive species such as foxes, rabbits and rats. Endemic land animals have been the most affected by introduced species.[118] The extent of human impact on the Falklands is unclear, since there is little long-term data on habitat change.[109] Economy Main article: Economy of the Falkland Islands

Stanley is the financial centre of the Falkland Islands' economy.[119]

The economy of the Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
is ranked the 222nd largest out of 229 in the world by GDP (PPP), but ranks 5th worldwide by GDP (PPP) per capita.[120] The unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in 2010, and inflation was last calculated at 1.2 percent rate in 2003.[116] Based on 2010 data, the islands have a high Human Development Index
Human Development Index
of 0.874[4] and a moderate Gini coefficient
Gini coefficient
for income inequality of 34.17.[3] The local currency is the Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
pound, which is pegged to the British pound sterling.[121] Economic development
Economic development
was advanced by ship resupplying and sheep farming for high-quality wool.[122] The main sheep breeds in the Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
are Polwarth and Corriedale.[123] During the 1980s, although synthetic fibres and ranch underinvestment hurt the sheep-farming sector, the government established a major revenue stream with the establishment of an exclusive economic zone and the sale of fishing licenses to "anybody wishing to fish within this zone".[124] Since the end of the Falklands War
Falklands War
in 1982, the islands' economic activity has increasingly focused on oil field exploration and tourism.[125] The port city of Stanley has regained the islands' economic focus, with an increase in population as workers migrate from Camp.[126] Fear of dependence on fishing licences and threats from overfishing, illegal fishing and fish market price fluctuations have increased interest on oil drilling as an alternative source of revenue; exploration efforts have yet to find "exploitable reserves".[119] Development projects in education and sports have been funded by the Falklands government, without aid from the United Kingdom.[124] The primary sector of the economy accounts for most of the Falkland Islands' gross domestic product, with the fishing industry alone contributing between 50% and 60% of annual GDP; agriculture also contributes significantly to GDP and employs about a tenth of the population.[127] A little over a quarter of the workforce serves the Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
government, making it the archipelago's largest employer.[128] Tourism, part of the service economy, has been spurred by increased interest in Antarctic
exploration and the creation of direct air links with the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and South America.[129] Tourists, mostly cruise ship passengers, are attracted by the archipelago's wildlife and environment, as well as activities such as fishing and wreck diving; the majority are based in accommodation found in Stanley.[130] The islands' major exports include wool, hides, venison, fish and squid; its main imports include fuel, building materials and clothing.[116] Demographics See also: Origins of Falkland Islanders
Falkland Islanders
and Religion in the Falkland Islands

The Christ Church Cathedral, the local parish church of the Anglican Communion. Most Falklanders identify themselves as Christian.

The Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
population is homogeneous, with the majority of inhabitants having been descended from Scottish and Welsh immigrants who settled the territory in 1833.[131][M] The 2006 census listed some Falklands residents as descendants of French, Gibraltarians
and Scandinavians.[132] That census indicated that one-third of residents were born on the archipelago, with foreign-born residents assimilated into local culture.[133] The legal term for the right of residence is "belonging to the islands".[74] The British Nationality Act of 1983 gave British citizenship to Falkland Islanders.[131] A significant population decline affected the archipelago in the twentieth century, with many young islanders moving overseas in search of education, a modern lifestyle, and better job opportunities,[134] particularly to the British city of Southampton, which came to be nicknamed "Stanley north".[135] In recent years, the islands' population decline has reduced, thanks to immigrants from the United Kingdom, Saint Helena, and Chile.[136] In the 2012 census, a majority of residents listed their nationality as Falkland Islander
Falkland Islander
(59 percent), followed by British (29 percent), Saint Helenian (9.8 percent), and Chilean (5.4 percent).[7] A small number of Argentines also live on the islands.[137] The Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
have a low population density.[138] According to the 2012 census, the average daily population of the Falklands was 2,932, excluding military personnel serving in the archipelago and their dependents.[N] A 2012 report counted 1,300 uniformed personnel and 50 British Ministry of Defence civil servants present in the Falklands.[128] Stanley (with 2,121 residents) is the most-populous location on the archipelago, followed by Mount Pleasant (369 residents, primarily air-base contractors) and Camp (351 residents).[7] The islands' age distribution is skewed towards working age (20–60). Males outnumber females (53 to 47 percent), and this discrepancy is most prominent in the 20–60 age group.[132] In the 2012 census, most islanders identified themselves as Christian (66 percent), followed by those with no religious affiliation (32 percent). The remaining 2 percent identified as adherents of other faiths, including Bahá'í, Buddhism, and Islam.[7] The main Christian denominations are Anglicans, other Protestants
and Roman Catholics.[139] Education in the Falkland Islands, which follows England's system, is free and compulsory for residents aged between 5 and 16 years.[140] Primary education is available at Stanley, RAF Mount Pleasant
RAF Mount Pleasant
(for children of service personnel) and a number of rural settlements. Secondary education is only available in Stanley, which offers boarding facilities and 12 subjects to General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) level. Students aged 16 or older may study at colleges in England
for their GCE Advanced Level
GCE Advanced Level
or vocational qualifications. The Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
government pays for older students to attend institutions of higher education, usually in the United Kingdom.[140] Culture Main article: Culture of the Falkland Islands

Gauchos from mainland South America, such as these two men having mate at Hope Place
Hope Place
in East Falkland, influenced the local dialect

Falklands culture is based on the cultural traditions of its British settlers. It has also been influenced by Hispanic South America.[136] Falklanders still use some terms and place names from the former Gaucho
inhabitants.[141] The Falklands' predominant and official language is English, with the foremost dialect being British English; nonetheless, inhabitants also speak Spanish and other languages.[136] According to naturalist Will Wagstaff, "the Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
are a very social place, and stopping for a chat is a way of life".[141] The islands have two weekly newspapers: Teaberry Express and The Penguin News,[142] and television and radio broadcasts generally feature programming from the United Kingdom.[136] Wagstaff describes local cuisine as "very British in character with much use made of the homegrown vegetables, local lamb, mutton, beef, and fish". Common between meals are "home made cakes and biscuits with tea or coffee".[143] Social activities are, according to Wagstaff, "typical of that of a small British town with a variety of clubs and organisations covering many aspects of community life".[144] See also

Index of Falkland Islands-related articles Outline of the Falkland Islands


^ The estimate excludes military personnel serving in the Falkland Islands and their dependents.[7] ^ According to researcher Simon Taylor, the exact Gaelic etymology is unclear as the "falk" in the name could have stood for "hidden" (falach), "wash" (failc), or "heavy rain" (falc).[10] ^ Based on his analysis of Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
discovery claims, historian John Dunmore concludes that "[a] number of countries could therefore lay some claim to the archipelago under the heading of first discoverers: Spain, Holland, Britain, and even Italy and Portugal – although the last two claimants might be stretching things a little."[22] ^ In 1764, Bougainville claimed the islands in the name of Louis XV of France. In 1765, British captain John Byron
John Byron
claimed the islands in the name of George III of Great Britain.[24][25] ^ According to Argentine legal analyst Roberto Laver, the United Kingdom disregards Jewett's actions because the government he represented "was not recognized either by Britain or any other foreign power at the time" and "no act of occupation followed the ceremony of claiming possession".[32] ^ Before leaving for the Falklands Vernet stamped his grant at the British Consulate, repeating this when Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
extended his grant in 1828.[33] The cordial relationship between the consulate and Vernet led him to express "the wish that, in the event of the British returning to the islands, HMG would take his settlement under their protection".[34] ^ The log of the "Lexington" only reports the destruction of arms and a powder store, but Vernet made a claim for compensation from the US Government stating that the entire settlement was destroyed.[37] ^ As discussed by Roberto Laver, not only did Rosas not break relations with Britain because of the "essential" nature of "British economic support", but he offered the Falklands "as a bargaining chip ... in exchange for the cancellation of Argentina's million-pound debt with the British bank of Baring Brothers".[41] In 1850, Rosas' government ratified the Arana–Southern Treaty, which put "an end to the existing differences, and of restoring perfect relations of friendship" between the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and Argentina.[42] ^ Argentina
protested in 1841, 1849, 1884, 1888, 1908, 1927 and 1933, and has made annual protests to the United Nations since 1946.[44] ^ There were continual tensions with the colonial administration over Lafone's failure to establish any permanent settlers, and over the price of beef supplied to the settlement. Moreover, although his concession required Lafone to bring settlers from the United Kingdom, most of the settlers he brought were gauchos from Uruguay.[51] ^ The minefields were fenced off and marked; there remain unexploded ordnance and improvised explosive devices.[64] Detection and clearance of mines in the Falklands has proven difficult as some were air-delivered and not in marked fields; approximately 80% lie in sand or peat, where the position of mines can shift, making removal procedures difficult.[65] ^ In 1976, Lord Shackleton produced a report into the economic future of the islands; however, his recommendations were not implemented because Britain sought to avoid confronting Argentina
over sovereignty.[66] Lord Shackleton was once again tasked, in 1982, to produce a report into the economic development of the islands. His new report criticised the large farming companies, and recommended transferring ownership of farms from absentee landlords to local landowners. Shackleton also suggested diversifying the economy into fishing, oil exploration, and tourism; moreover, he recommended the establishment of a road network, and conservation measures to preserve the islands' natural resources.[66] ^ Roberto Laver argues this is likely the result of government policies which successfully reduced the number of non-British populations that at one point also inhabited the archipelago. Laver states that "naturalization ordinances" in the first decades of the British colony "show a wide variety of settlers from places in Europe, Northern, and Central America, and a couple from Argentina".[131] ^ At the time of the 2012 census, 91 Falklands residents were overseas.[7]


^ "2016 Census Report". Policy and Economic Development Unit, Falkland Islands Government. 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-01-24.  ^ "State of the Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
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Falkland Islands
will remain on summer time throughout 2011". MercoPress. 31 March 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2012.  ^ Joshua Project. "Ethnic People Groups of Falkland Islands". Joshua Project. Retrieved 28 February 2010.  ^ a b c d e " Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
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Falkland Islands
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Dotan 2010, p. 165, Room 2006, p. 129.

^ Taylor & Márkus 2005, p. 158. ^ Room 2006, p. 129. ^ See:

Paine 2000, p. 45, Room 2006, p. 129.

^ Hince 2001, p. 121. ^ See:

Hince 2001, p. 121, Room 2006, p. 129.

^ Balmaceda 2011, Chapter 36. ^ Foreign Office 1961, p. 80. ^ "Standard Country and Area Codes Classifications". United Nations Statistics Division. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2013.  ^ G. Hattersley-Smith (June 1983). "Fuegian Indians in the Falkland Islands". Polar Record. Cambridge University Press. 21 (135): 605–06. doi:10.1017/S003224740002204X. Retrieved 1 February 2012.  ^ a b Carafano 2005, p. 367. ^ White, Michael (2 February 2012). "Who first owned the Falkland Islands?". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 July 2013.  ^ Goebel 1971, pp. xiv–xv. ^ Dunmore 2005, p. 93. ^ See:

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^ Gustafson 1988, pp. 9–10. ^ Dunmore 2005, pp. 139–40. ^ See:

Goebel 1971, pp. 226, 232, 269, Gustafson 1988, pp. 9–10.

^ Segal 1991, p. 240. ^ Gibran 1998, p. 26. ^ Gibran 1998, pp. 26–27. ^ a b c Gibran 1998, p. 27. ^ See:

Gibran 1998, p. 27, Marley 2008, p. 714.

^ Laver 2001, p. 73. ^ Cawkell 2001, pp. 48–50. ^ Cawkell 2001, p. 50. ^ See:

Gibran 1998, pp. 27–28, Sicker 2002, p. 32.

^ Pascoe & Pepper 2008, pp. 540–46. ^ a b Pascoe & Pepper 2008, pp. 541–44. ^ Peterson 1964, p. 106. ^ Graham-Yooll 2002, p. 50. ^ Reginald & Elliot 1983, pp. 25–26. ^ Laver 2001, pp. 122–23. ^ Hertslet 1851, p. 105. ^ Gustafson 1988, pp. 34–35. ^ Gustafson 1988, p. 34. ^ a b Graham-Yooll 2002, pp. 51–52. ^ Aldrich & Connell 1998, p. 201. ^ See:

Bernhardson 2011, Stanley and Vicinity: History, Reginald & Elliot 1983, pp. 9, 27.

^ a b c Reginald & Elliot 1983, p. 9. ^ a b Bernhardson 2011, Stanley and Vicinity: History. ^ Strange 1987, pp. 72–74. ^ Strange 1987, p. 84. ^ a b See:

Bernhardson 2011, Stanley and Vicinity: History, Reginald & Elliot 1983, p. 9.

^ Strange 1987, pp. 72–73. ^ Day 2013, p. 129–30. ^ Haddelsey & Carroll 2014, Prologue. ^ Zepeda 2005, p. 102. ^ a b Laver 2001, p. 125. ^ Thomas 1991, p. 24. ^ Thomas 1991, pp. 24–27. ^ Norton-Taylor, Richard; Evans, Rob (28 June 2005). "UK held secret talks to cede sovereignty: Minister met junta envoy in Switzerland, official war history reveals". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 June 2014.  ^ Thomas 1991, pp. 28–31. ^ See:

Reginald & Elliot 1983, pp. 5, 10–12, 67, Zepeda 2005, pp. 102–03.

^ Gibran 1998, pp. 130–35. ^ a b c "The Long Road to Clearing Falklands Landmines". BBC News. 14 March 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2014.  ^ Ruan, Juan Carlos; Macheme, Jill E. (August 2001). "Landmines in the Sand: The Falkland Islands". The Journal of ERW and Mine Action. James Madison University. 5 (2). ISSN 1533-6905. Retrieved 29 June 2014.  ^ a b c d Cawkell 2001, p. 147. ^ "Falklands Drilling Will Resume in Second Quarter of 2015, Announced Premier Oil". MercoPress. 15 May 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2014.  ^ "The Falkland Islands, 30 Years After the War with Argentina". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 June 2014.  ^ Grant Munro (8 December 2011). "Falklands' Land Mine Clearance Set to Enter a New Expanded Phase in Early 2012". MercoPress. Retrieved 29 June 2014.  ^ See:

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^ Zepeda 2005, p. 103. ^ Cahill 2010, "Falkland Islands". ^ a b "New Year begins with a new Constitution for the Falklands". MercoPress. 1 January 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2013.  ^ a b c d "The Falkland Islands Constitution
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^ Sainato 2010, p. 157. ^ a b c Central Intelligence Agency
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^ Hince 2001, "Camp". ^ a b c Gibran 1998, p. 16. ^ Jónsdóttir 2007, pp. 84–86. ^ a b Helen Otley; Grant Munro; Andrea Clausen; Becky Ingham (May 2008). " Falkland Islands
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Calvert 2004, p. 134, Royle 2001, p. 170.

^ "Agriculture". Falkland Islands
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^ See:

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^ Falklands still home to optimists as invasion anniversary nears, The Guardian, Andy Beckett, 19 March 2012 ^ a b c d Minahan 2013, p. 139. ^ "Falklands Referendum: Voters from many countries around the world voted Yes". MercoPress. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2013.  ^ Royle 2006, p. 181. ^ Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices, 2nd Edition [6 volumes] by J. Gordon Melton, Martin Baumann, ABC-CLIO, p. 1093. ^ a b "Education". Falkland Islands
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Further reading

Caviedes, César (1994). "Conflict Over The Falkland Islands: A Never-Ending Story?". Latin American Research Review. 29 (2): 172–187. Archived from the original on 18 January 2012.  Darwin, Charles (1846). "On the Geology of the Falkland Islands" (PDF). Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society. 2: 267–274. doi:10.1144/GSL.JGS.1846.002.01-02.46. Retrieved 9 March 2013.  Escudé , Carlos; Cisneros, Andrés, eds. (2000). Historia de las Relaciones Exteriores Argentinas. Buenos Aires, Argentina: GEL/Nuevohacer. ISBN 978-950-694-546-6.  Work developed and published under the auspices of the Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI). Freedman, Lawrence (2005). The Official History of the Falklands Campaign. Oxon, UK: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-7146-5207-8.  Greig, D. W. (1983). " Sovereignty
and the Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
Crisis" (PDF). Australian Year Book of International Law. 8: 20–70. ISSN 0084-7658.  Ivanov, L. L.; et al. (2003). The Future of the Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
and Its People. Sofia, Bulgaria: Manfred Wörner Foundation. ISBN 978-954-91503-1-5.  Printed in Bulgaria by Double T Publishers.

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was a member of the Commonwealth until it withdrew in 2003.


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1685–1824 Bencoolen 1702–1705 Pulo Condore 1757–1947 Bengal 1762–1764 Manila and Cavite 1781–1784 and 1795–1819 Padang 1786–1946 Penang 1795–1948 Ceylon 1796–1965 Maldives

1811–1816 Java 1812–1824 Banka and Billiton 1819–1826 Malaya 1824–1948 Burma 1826–1946 Straits Settlements 1839–1967 Aden 1839–1842 Afghanistan 1841–1997 Hong Kong 1841–1946 Sarawak 1848–1946 Labuan 1858–1947 India 1874–1963 Borneo

1879–1919 Afghanistan (protectorate) 1882–1963 North Borneo 1885–1946 Unfederated Malay States 1888–1984 Brunei 1891–1971 Muscat and Oman 1892–1971 Trucial States 1895–1946 Federated Malay States 1898–1930 Weihai 1878–1960 Cyprus

1907–1949 Bhutan (protectorate) 1918–1961 Kuwait 1920–1932 Mesopotamia8 1921–1946 Transjordan8 1923–1948 Palestine8 1945–1946 South Vietnam 1946–1963 North Borneo 1946–1963 Sarawak 1946–1963 Singapore 1946–1948 Malayan Union 1948–1957 Federation of Malaya Since 1960 Akrotiri and Dhekelia
Akrotiri and Dhekelia
(before as part of Cyprus) Since 1965 British Indian Ocean Territory
British Indian Ocean Territory
(before as part of Mauritius and the Seychelles)

8 League of Nations mandate. Iraq's mandate was not enacted and replaced by the Anglo-Iraqi Treaty


18th and 19th centuries 20th century

1788–1901 New South Wales 1803–1901 Van Diemen's Land/Tasmania 1807–1863 Auckland Islands9 1824–1980 New Hebrides 1824–1901 Queensland 1829–1901 Swan River/Western Australia 1836–1901 South Australia since 1838 Pitcairn Islands

1841–1907 New Zealand 1851–1901 Victoria 1874–1970 Fiji10 1877–1976 Western Pacific Territories 1884–1949 Papua 1888–1901 Rarotonga/Cook Islands9 1889–1948 Union Islands9 1892–1979 Gilbert and Ellice Islands11 1893–1978 Solomon Islands12

1900–1970 Tonga 1900–1974 Niue9 1901–1942 *Australia 1907–1947 *New Zealand 1919–1942 and 1945–1968 Nauru 1919–1949 New Guinea 1949–1975 Papua and New Guinea13

9. Now part of the *Realm of New Zealand. 10. Suspended member. 11. Now Kiribati
and *Tuvalu. 12. Now the *Solomon Islands. 13. Now *Papua New Guinea.

Antarctica and South Atlantic

Since 1658 Saint Helena14 Since 1815 Ascension Island14 Since 1816 Tristan da Cunha14 Since 1908 British Antarctic
Territory15 1841–1933 Australian Antarctic Territory
Australian Antarctic Territory
(transferred to the Commonwealth of Australia) 1841–1947 Ross Dependency
Ross Dependency
(transferred to the Realm of New Zealand)

14. Since 2009 part of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha; Ascension Island
Ascension Island
(1922–) and Tristan da Cunha
Tristan da Cunha
(1938–) were previously dependencies of Saint Helena. 15. Both claimed in 1908; territories formed in 1962 (British Antarctic
Territory) and 1985 (South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands).

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Argentina Australia

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Bouvet Island Chile Falkland Islands French Southern and Antarctic

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South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

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Aruba Caribbean Netherlands

Bonaire Saba Sint Eustatius

Curaçao Sint Maarten


Bouvet Island Peter I Island Queen Maud Land


Azores Madeira


Canary Islands Ceuta Melilla Plazas de soberanía

Chafarinas Islands Alhucemas Islands Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera

United Kingdom

Anguilla Bermuda British Antarctic
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Archivo de Indias Council of the Indies Cabildo Trial of residence Laws of the Indies Royal Decree of Graces School of Salamanca Exequatur Papal bull

Administrative subdivisions


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Captaincies General

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Castilla de Oro Cuba Luisiana New Andalusia (1501–1513) New Andalusia New Castile New Navarre New Toledo Paraguay Río de la Plata



Dollar Real Maravedí Escudo Columnario


Manila galleon Spanish treasure fleet Casa de Contratación Guipuzcoan Company of Caracas Barcelona Trading Company Camino Real de Tierra Adentro



Tercio Army of Flanders Free Company of Volunteers of Catalonia Indian auxiliaries Spanish Armada Legión


Duke of Alba Antonio de Leyva Martín de Goiti Alfonso d'Avalos García de Toledo Osorio Duke of Savoy Álvaro de Bazán the Elder John of Austria Charles Bonaventure de Longueval Pedro de Zubiaur Ambrosio Spinola Bernardo de Gálvez


Christopher Columbus Pinzón brothers Ferdinand Magellan Juan Sebastián Elcano Juan de la Cosa Juan Ponce de León Miguel López de Legazpi Pedro Menéndez de Avilés Sebastián de Ocampo Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca Alonso de Ojeda Vasco Núñez de Balboa Alonso de Salazar Andrés de Urdaneta Antonio de Ulloa Ruy López de Villalobos Diego Columbus Alonso de Ercilla Nicolás de Ovando Juan de Ayala Sebastián Vizcaíno Juan Fernández Felipe González de Ahedo


Hernán Cortés Francisco Pizarro Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada Hernán Pérez de Quesada Francisco Vázquez de Coronado Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar Pedro de Valdivia Gaspar de Portolà Pere Fages i Beleta Joan Orpí Pedro de Alvarado Martín de Ursúa Diego de Almagro Pánfilo de Narváez Diego de Mazariegos Jerónimo Luis de Cabrera Pere d'Alberní i Teixidor


Old World


Bicocca Landriano Pavia Tunis Mühlberg St. Quentin Gravelines Malta Lepanto Antwerp Azores Mons Gembloux Ostend English Armada Cape Celidonia White Mountain Breda Nördlingen Valenciennes Ceuta Bitonto Bailén Vitoria Tetouan Alhucemas


Capo d'Orso Preveza Siege of Castelnuovo Algiers Ceresole Djerba Tunis Spanish Armada Leiden Rocroi Downs Montes Claros Passaro Trafalgar Somosierra Annual

New World


Tenochtitlan Cajamarca Cusco Bogotá savanna Reynogüelén Penco Guadalupe Island San Juan Cartagena de Indias Cuerno Verde Pensacola


La Noche Triste Tucapel Chacabuco Carabobo Ayacucho Guam Santiago de Cuba Manila Bay Asomante

Spanish colonizations

Canary Islands Aztec Maya

Chiapas Yucatán Guatemala Petén

El Salvador Honduras Nicaragua Chibchan Nations Colombia Peru Chile

Other civil topics

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Territorial disputes

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Gibraltar Falkland Islands Rockall South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands British Antarctic
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Saint Kitts
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Countries and territories where English is an official language, but not the majority first language


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Puerto Rico


Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Hong Kong Special
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Gibraltar Malta


American Samoa Cook Islands Fiji Guam Kiribati Marshall Islands Micronesia Nauru Niue Northern Mariana Islands Palau Papua New Guinea Samoa Solomon Islands Tokelau Tuvalu Vanuatu

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