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The Falkland Islands have a colourful history but they are definitely British; YouSAY IN YOUR OPINION.

* WITH reference to Mr T Jones' claim that we stole the Falklands from Argentina (You Say, February 13).

The Falklands were named by Captain John Strong in 1690 when he sailed through the passage between East and West islands and probably named it Falkland Sound after Falkland in Fife. So the islands became known as the Falkland Islands.

The French explorer de Bougainville settled a colony at Port Louis, Berkeley Sound, in 1764. Meanwhile, Captain John Byron for Britain settled at Port Egmont in 1765. In 1767, the French handed the islands over to Spain, however Spain ceded the islands to Britain by convention in 1771.

So why would we give up an important base in the South Atlantic on the Cape Horn route prior to the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914 as we had the deeds in 1825? Mr AC Edwards, Llandaff, Cardiff
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 18, 2012
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