Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) Index 2006
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Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) Introduction - 2006
SOURCE: 2006 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK
Although first sighted by an English navigator in 1592, the first landing (English) did not occur until almost a century later in 1690, and the first settlement (French) was not established until 1764. The colony was turned over to Spain two years later and the islands have since been the subject of a territorial dispute, first between Britain and Spain, then between Britain and Argentina. The UK asserted its claim to the islands by establishing a naval garrison there in 1833. Argentina invaded the islands on 2 April 1982. The British responded with an expeditionary force that landed seven weeks later and after fierce fighting forced Argentine surrender on 14 June 1982.
NOTE: The information regarding Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) on this page is re-published from the 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) Introduction 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) Introduction 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.