1816 – 1829 Claims

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There was no obvious authority remaining in the Islands, despite neither Britain nor Spain abandoning their claims to all, or part of, the archipelago. Not that the Falklands were deserted. Quite the contrary. Whalers and sealers from the USA and UK still dominated there, spending up to two years at a time building temporary settlements and pursuing their bloody business, as David Jewett found on his arrival in 1820.

Vernet

Vernet

There were still profits to be made, and the lure of easy money drew the attention of a German businessman, Luis Vernet, a resident of Buenos Aires. Large herds of wild cattle were his first aim, but also he saw an opportunity to take over the oil business by controlling it. For that he needed a State to back him up. Unable to raise Great Britain’s interest, Vernet chose Buenos Aires, the city State at the heart of the United Provinces – a revolted colony of Spain.

Only when he had their public interest did Britain turn its gaze towards its old claims to the Falkland Islands.

 

Relevant Resources:

Letters on the United Provinces of South America addressed to the Hon. Henry Clay by Don Vicente Pazos 1819

The Reports on the Present State of the United Provinces of South America drawn up by Messrs. Rodney and Graham 1819

Appointment of David Jewett as Colonel Jan 15 1820 AGN X-5-1-3

Jewett Report and Resignation Letter of Feb 1 1821 (Buenos Aires Archive X-5-1-2 AGN)

Report of David Jewett dated February 1 1821 (Transcription)

Jewett and Mason – Trial for Piracy in Lisbon 1822

The Times Newspaper Aug 3 1821

The Times Aug 3 1821 detail

Gaceta de Madrid Agosto 20 de 1821

An Account, Historical, Political and Statistical of the United Provinces of the Rio de la Plata by Ygnacio Nunez 1825

Treaty of Amity Commerce and Navigation between His Majesty and The United Provinces of Rio de la Plata – February 2 1825

Canning to Zea March 25 1825

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