Anglo-Spanish Conflict over the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), 1770-1771

The French were the first to settle on East Falkland in 1764; the British established a settlement on West Falkland the following year. In 1767 the French, fishermen from St. Malo, sold out their settlement to the Spanish. Both settlements, for years, did not know of the other's existence.
In 1770 a Spanish fleet requested the British settlers to leave; they refused. On July 17th 1770, a stronger Spanish fleet appeared, repeating the demand for the British to leave; the latter complied - only to return the following year, and to restore their settlement. Anglo-Spanish negotiations followed. In 1774 the British departed again, for economic reasons, without wavering their claim over the island group, while the Spanish continued to claim the entire island group..

Article Falkland Eilanden, from Wikipedia, in Dutch
Carlos III., from ArteHistoria, in Spanish, has war dated in 1773
Guerra de Malvinas, from, in Spanish, detailed
DOCUMENTS Spanish Governors of the Malvinas, from World Statesmen, by Ben Cahoon

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First posted on March 17th 2004, last revised on November 19th 2004

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