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The Timeline of the History|
of the Falkland Islands
- 1592: A ship under the command of John Davis discovers the islands and they are named Davis Land.
- 1594: A ship under the command of Sir Richard Hawkins visits the islands and records their
name as Hawkins Maidenland, after Queen Elizabeth I, the Maiden Queen.
- 1690: British ship under the command of Captain John Strong visits the South Atlantic islands. He
named the sound between the two main islands for Anthony Cary, the Fifth Viscount Falkland (1656-1694).
Cary as the treasurer of the British navy had approved the Strong expedition.
- 1764: The French navigator Louis-Antoine de Bougainville brings a group of colonists from
St. Malo, France to the islands. They name the islands Malouins. This is the origin
of the Spanish name for the island Islas Malvinas.
- (To be continued.)