1480 – 1747 Age of Discovery

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Link – 1480 to 1747

A group of 776 islands lies some 300 miles (483 km) to the west of the Patagonian coast of South America at around 52º South latitude. Covering an area of 4,700 square miles (12,000 km), this archipelago is perched upon the western edge of the Patagonian Shelf in the South Atlantic Ocean, on the border between the sub-antarctic oceanic and tundra climate zones.

Treaty of Tordesillas 1494

Treaty of Tordesillas 1494

At the beginning of this history, these Islands lay undiscovered by Europeans and uninhabited by any man. A situation that could not, and would not, continue.

A continent had been discovered; a land of untold possibilities and riches. So commenced the struggle between the naval powers of Europe – Spain, Holland, France and England.  A struggle not just for the Falklands, but for all the newly discovered Americas.

Relevant Resources:

The Observations of Sir Richard Hawkins

Can Hawkins’s “Maiden Land” Be Identified as the Falkland Islands? by B. M. Chambers 1901

Amerigo Vespucci – Letter to Piero Soderini 1504  by George Tyler Northup 1916

Did Sir Richard Hawkins Visit the Falkland Islands?  by H. Henniker Heaton 1926

Hawkins’ Maiden Land and the Falkland Islands  by H. Henniker Heaton & B. M. Chambers 1926

Anson, Wall y el Papal del ‘Lago Espanol’ en el Enfretamiento Colonial Hispano Britanico (1740 to 1762)  by Diego T. Alarcia