Sunday, January 22, 2012

Seafaring Sunday: Falkland Crisis

January 22, 1771: After what would come to be known as the Falkland Crisis, a stand off between Spain and Britain over the tiny islands off the coast of Argentina, Spain cedes the islands to Britain.  The Falklands, originally claimed by France, would eventually become part of the independent country of Argentina, but not without another crisis involving Britain.

Header: Edward Hawke, the First Lord of the Admiralty who sent the Royal Navy to the Falklands against Spain, via Military Photos (note: this site has some pictures that may not be suitable for all ages and/or sensibilities; go ask your parents before you click, kids)

4 comments:

kellie said...

Pauline, I'm surprised at you! Claimed by Argentina, but not an undisputed claim, and under British rule since 1833, except for the short and bloody two month interlude of the 1982 war.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falklands

Timmy! said...

Ahoy, Pauline! Maybe it should now be called the "first Falkland Crisis"... I still find it hard to believe that so much blood was shed over such seemingly meaningless little islands with no real resoucres or value... But, hey what do I know?

And last but not least, Happy Birthday, Pauline!

Mitch Zeissler said...

Ahoy, Pauline... Have you read that the Falklands is heating up again? Check it out: http://goo.gl/opEyQ

Pauline said...

The whole Falkland issue just seems silly to me, y'all. Thank you so much for your additions to this post. I'm with Eddie Izzard though; "strategic sheep purposes."