Falkland Islands

The islands Falkland or Falkland Islands They are a must see when taking a trip to the Antarctica. It is worth stopping on your trip and enjoying its spectacular populations of penguins, seals and albatrosses. Surrounded by the South Atlantic and by centuries of controversy, the islands are located 490 kilometers east of the Patagonia. Two main islands, East and West Falkland, and more than 700 small islets give these islands their name, which more or less occupy the same area as Northern Ireland or Connecticut.

As you know, they were invaded in 1982 for the Argentine military dictatorship. Until then few people could determine the location of this remote archipelago. It had a difficult access until in 1977 a airport. The 11 weeks that the war of the Falklands suddenly made these strangers be on the front page of all the major newspapers.

Some of the numerous small islands are inhabited. Around the 60% Of the Falklands are native, some have large generations of relatives of even six or more generations. Most of the rest of the inhabitants of the islands are immigrants or temporary residents of the United Kingdom.

Since the arrival of the great sheep families at the end of the century XIX, rural settlements in the Falkland Islands are tiny villages built near protected ports where coastal shipping can more easily access wool collection. Shepherds normally lived outside their homes, which still dot the landscape. The Falklands they retain their rural character: the islands are made up of 400 kilometers of roads, but there is no traffic light.

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