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With the 1850 treaty of peace, Argentina appeared to have abandoned its claim to the British Falkland Islands allowing a period of consolidation in the archipelago. Argentina had broken into two distinct parts in 1853 but came together again in this period. Rejoined and keen to find its place in the world.
By the 1880’s, Argentina had colonized Patagonia and was feeling strong enough to re-open the discarded question of Falklands sovereignty. Strong, but not strong enough to face down Great Britain – a colonial Empire at its peak.