Falkland Islands

Falkland Islands

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  • In 1690, a British Sailor discovered a group of islands. He named them the Falkland Islands after Viscount Falkland.
  • 200 years after the discovery of the Falkland Islands, the British colonized them.
  • In 1833, the British evicted the Argentinians after a failed attempt to occupy the islands.
  • In 1845, ships going along the coast of the islands were raided, providing the British colonies with money.
  • In 1982, both British and Argentinian forces fought on the islands. The British claimed the right to colonize the island, having been the first to lay foot on the islands, and wanted to set up a secure naval base. The Argentinians wanted the because the islands were closer to them than they were to the British. Both wanted the islands because of the access to oil as well as other resources nearby.
  • After the war was over, the addition of an Exclusive Economic Zone, many fisheries were established  along the coasts of the Falkland Islands.
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