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Link – 1900 to 1959
South Georgia, the South Sandwich Islands, the South Orkney Islands and the South Shetlands. Stepping stones to Antarctica. The little-known continent that held, just possibly, unknown riches.
Britain’s Empire, arguably the greatest in the world’s history – in extent if nothing else – reached south. Argentina, with the annexation of Patagonia so recently completed, saw its own chance to gain the sub-Antarctic Islands and even part of Antarctica itself.
Not capable of challenging the might of Britain, Argentina chose a course of annoyance and repeated claims – pin pricks in the Lion’s hide.
However, with the USSR turning its gaze towards the southern Pole, the USA perceived the potential for greater conflict. So, with a little prompting from the UK, the means was found to freeze most of the potential flash-points. To hold all claims in abeyance. Argentina found itself with no choice but to agree.
The multi-lateral accord known as the Antarctic Treaty survives to this day.