Support for ALBA’s Falklands ships resolution ‘symbolic’

The flag of the Falkland Islands.

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – This country’s support of an ALBA resolution to ban ships with the Falklands Islands flag from entering its ports is “symbolic,” according to Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, who said that such ships do not sail to this country.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines was among the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) member nations that signed in Venezuela last weekend a declaration to “Support the decision by the countries of the region to ban ships with the colonial flag imposed on the Malvinas from entering their ports.”

The Falkland Islands, or Islas Malvinas in Spanish, located in the South Atlantic Ocean 250 nautical miles east of the coast of mainland South America, are a self-governing British Overseas Territory, with the United Kingdom responsible for its defence and foreign affairs.

The U.K. asserted its claim to the islands by establishing a naval garrison there in 1833. Argentina invaded the islands on April 2, 1982. The British responded with an expeditionary force and after fierce fighting, Argentina surrendered on June 14, 1982 but still claim the islands as part of its territory.

Gonsalves said Tuesday that the support given to Argentina at the last ALBA summit was not new.

It merely added on paragraph to a resolution adopted in December by the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) – all the nations in the Americas except the United States and Canada, he said.

CELAC last December said it was giving “support for the cause of the Argentinians in principle but more particularly the request was being made for the issue to be resolved within the context of the discussion taking place on sovereignty of these islands through the United Nations mechanisms,” according to Gonsalves.

“And that is basically what is restated in this declaration, which speaks to peaceful and a definite solution to the dispute through the U.N. system, the OAS (Organisation of American States) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, a resolution in the General Assembly is referred to,” Gonsalves told journalist.

The flag of the United Kingdom.

“The real addition was the paragraph that says ‘Support the decision by the countries of the region to ban ships with the colonial flag imposed on the Malvinas from entering their ports’,” he said.

Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina had previously issued a statement on not having ships with the Falklands flag coming into their ports,” Gonsalves noted.

“It is largely a symbolic gesture. And when this declaration says support the declaration made by those countries … we don’t have ships from the Falklands coming to St. Vincent,” he added.

“So, when I saw on a news headline somewhere on the Net that ALBA countries, including those from the OECS ban ships from the Falklands coming to their port, that is not what it said. You are giving support to the decision, which was taken to those countries. No ships come to St. Vincent from the Falklands so there is no question of a ban. So, I just wanted to put clarity to that issue,” said Gonsalves, who is also Minister of National Security and Sea Ports here.

Asked how this country would respond should a ship from the Falklands sail to one of its ports, Gonsalves said: “We have British ships which come here and the British ships they will be able to come here.”

However, the Falklands Flag and that of the United Kingdom are two separate and distinct flags.

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16 thoughts on “Support for ALBA’s Falklands ships resolution ‘symbolic’

  1. Well we should at minimum issue this notice to the yachting community that we are not entertaining ships from the Falklands……………… does the PM know we have no ships coming from there…….is he properly informed?

    Posted by Mark | February 9, 2012, 05:08
  2. Sir Freddy, I hope you notify the British Foreign Office about this matter, it is not in the British interest to have Gonsalves acting part of rogue prime minister, against British interests.

    You see when we joined ALBA we surrendered our liberty and democracy to them, we were taken into ALBA by Gonsalves with no permmission from the Vincentian people. Just the signature and decission of one man to feed his ego and satisfy his Marxist appetite.


    They opened a military college last year, has any Vincentian taken part in any course by that college?
    ALBA intends having its own army, does it also intend having its own navy?
    Will any of our youth be used in the ALBA armed forces?

    Show the people the the ALBA contracts and agreements, make them public, Gonsalves your a disgrace.

    Posted by Peter | February 9, 2012, 07:43
  3. I do not understand the gov’t of SVG. We agree to ban ships going to and bearing the Falkland Islands flag, we support alba, which I have not seen any thing presented to the citizens of the democratic…sorry socialist leaning state agreeing to alba, but yet we are comitting to policies that have failed. Chavez is a failure high crime and poverty but yet living the lavish life style, Gadafi dead, failed, Cuba and the Castro regime failed, Maurice Bishop dead failed. We are a member of the Commonwealth, the OECS, Caricom which have all moved in the democratic direction, self governing nations with free and fair elections, but ALBA!!. The people of the Falkland wish to remain British. Ralph should remember, we rejected the proposed socialist constitution he brought, the opposition is now 7 seats and he will be removed in the next election by the will of GOD.

    Posted by A Servant | February 9, 2012, 09:05
  4. Symbolic, alcoholic, carbolic, just words Gonsalves, we are so fed up with your lies, we can’t tell the truth from a lie when you tell us anything.

    Take the PetroCarib agreement

    In a Declaration between PetroCarib and SVG, of June 2009, Gonsalves said that “our petroleum bill was diminished by 50%.”
    [adj 1. diminshed = reduced or lessened; made smaller]
    This is a downright lie.

    [What a dreadful lie! We are paying market prices for petroleum products from Venezuela, no reductions, although up to 50% can be paid over a period of years with a low interest rate. One must ask did he understand what he signed?]

    Excerpts from the VI Extraordinary Summit – Maracay, Venezuela – June 24, 2009
    Accession of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to ALBA 

    [Here is Gonsalves talking in words that the public do not understand, about a collapse of our economy and an increase in poverty. He never told the Vincentian public about a collapse in our economy.]
    “Neo-liberalism which is contrary to development, led to a real collapse of our economies, an increase in poverty, the extension and deepening of the social inequalities, a marked deterioration in the living conditions of the peoples and an unprecedented tendency towards social and political alienation.”
    [”Neoliberalism” What Gonsalves is stating is that private enterprise is contrary to development. He said it “led to a real collapse of our economies, an increase in poverty”
    PetroCaribe Agreement. “In light of this agreement, the petroleum bill has diminished up to 50 per cent” “and the resources saved will be invested in social programs. In addition, the assistance that we are receiving to extend our airports (including the construction of Argyle International Airport in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines), construct houses for poor families, repair or construct hospitals and health care centers, is part of the widest range of initiatives that have emerged from ALBA.”

    [Has Gonsalves put the 50% of the petroleum payment held back into the airport, it amounts to multi millions.]

    [Although he stated otherwise in his contracts with ALBA, Gonsalves entered into ALBA agreements without ever telling the Vincentian people in advance, or requiring their permission. Yet he wrote ]
    “We request, therefore, the member states of ALBA to officially accept this sovereign decision of the government and the people of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines,”

    “we accept the ideas and principles expressed in the Joint Declaration, signed in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on February 17th, 2007, declaration signed by the President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela and the Prime ministers of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

    I sign this Declaration today, on June 24th, 2009.
     His excellency, Doctor Ralph E. Gonsalves
     Prime minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

    [In the extract of the Petrocaribe agreement there is not mention of a 50% price reduction]
    The share requiring full payment must be paid within ninety (90) of issuing the Bill of Landing. No interest will be applied to the first 30 days of this period. An annual interest rate of 2% will apply to the remaining 60 days of this period. The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela reserves the right to present shipments to the port of entry, in which case the financing will only cover the product’s value (FOB-VZLA), while the cost of chartering must be paid in full immediately following unloading.

    When oil prices exceed $40 per barrel, the repayment period will increase to 23 years, plus a grace period of two years, totalling to a total repayment period of 25 years, and reducing the interest rate to 1%. With regards to the share to be settled by deferred payment, the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela may accept payment in specific assets, to be mutually determined, for which the Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines will offer preferential prices.

    Subscribed in the city of Montego Bay, Jamaica, in two copies of equal content, in Spanish and English, on 6th September 2005.

    On Behalf of The Bolivarian On Behalf of the Government of
    Republic of Venezuela Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

    Hugo Chavez Ralph Gonsalves
    Prime Minister

    Dear readers and friends. Is it not time that all the ALBA agreements are laid out before the people, why are they being made a secret?

    Some other ALBA agreement [different matter] was signed by Gonsalves cousin Francis the unelected and unelectable.

    Posted by Peter | February 9, 2012, 10:28
  5. “So, when I saw on a news headline somewhere on the Net that ALBA countries, including those from the OECS ban ships from the Falklands coming to their port, that is not what it said. You are giving support to the decision, which was taken to those countries. No ships come to St. Vincent from the Falklands so there is no question of a ban. So, I just wanted to put clarity to that issue,” said Gonsalves, who is also Minister of National Security and Sea Ports here.

    There is absolutely nothing clear here except that our PM is not being straight with us. Whether or not we have a ban here on the Falkland Islands ships is not determined by the fact that Falkland Islands do not come here. Did you or did you not sign for the ban? That is the real issue. This is why when the PM was plainly asked what would happen if Falkland Islands ships come here, he tried to go around the issue by saying that British ships come here and they will be allowed to come here. He was in fact saying that Falkland Island Ships are banned but British ships will not be banned.

    How can it be symbolic when you signed it? It is not. Stop trying to fool the people.

    Please search online for the Bicentennial Manifesto of Caracas which ALBA signed in April 2010 and you will see that ALBA today is merely carrying out their plans detailed there, all under the name of advancing on the “road to socialism” and that Gonsalves is going along despite Vinentians’ concerns. When we raise our concerns our intelligence is being insulted. This is truly unacceptable! Unacceptable!

    Posted by anesiab | February 9, 2012, 12:58
    • So he signs on to the document that bans the ships from coming to SVG. The document is an ALBA document. We are an ALBA nation, or so signs Gonsalves. Now he’s saying that the ships do not come here anyway so it’s really not a ban. This guy is real joker you know.

      He continues to try to scheme his way through. The fact of the matter is that he signed the document, which bans these ships from coming to SVG regardless to whether or not they came in the past. The fact is, they can’t come. If one of them run into trouble off the coast of the Grenadines, they would have to stay out there and sink.

      I can’t see how the british don’t take issue with us on this.

      Posted by Bagga | February 9, 2012, 14:07
  6. [Antigua and Barbuda] Gov’t denies anti-Falklands’ pact
    By Observer News – Thursday, February 9th, 2012.

    St. John’s Antigua- Government, by way of a press statement issued Wednesday, disassociated Antigua & Barbuda from statements made in the wake of the recent Eleventh ALBA summit, which were carried in the local, regional and international press, about a ban on Falkland Islands-flagged ships.[Continue reading…]

    Posted by HONESTY | February 9, 2012, 14:55

    Posted by Peter | February 9, 2012, 17:06
  8. SUEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    Posted by Peter | February 9, 2012, 17:07
  9. Wow! That was a brave move! Potentially strategically unintelligent, but brave all the same. That must have taken Ralph some real kahunas to come out with that one.
    Don’t get me wrong, I totally agree with the proposition, however, I am not restrained by political manoeuvring.
    I just hope Ralph knows what he is doing and is not just taking action to appease Chavez. The long term repercussions could be dire.
    Anyway, if it is true that China is the super power of the future; then it may be a master move to align oneself with guys like Chavez as they will have more in common with China that the UK and US. So maybe this may turn out to be a stroke of brilliance.

    Posted by Daniel | February 10, 2012, 13:11
  10. Daniel, wont be long, Chavez gone..

    I really cannot see how the Argentineans can claim the Malvinos. They have never had title to them. They are not in their two hundred mile economic zone, are in fact 350 miles from Argentinia.

    I fail to see how the Argentineans have any claim to the Falklands.

    August 9th 1592: The Falkands Islands were first discovered by the English when a severe storm battered a ship, and captain Davis drifted under bare masts, taking refuge “among certain Isles never before discovered.” Consequently, for a time the Falklands were known as “Davis Land” or “Davis’ Land.”
    In 1594, they were visited by English commander Richard Hawkins, who, combining his own name with that of Queen Elizabeth I, and gave the islands the name of “Hawkins’ Maidenland.”
    In 1600, Sebald de Weert, a Dutchman, visited them and called them the Sebald Islands (in Spanish, “Islas Sebaldinas” or “Sebaldes”), a name which they bore on some Dutch maps into the 19th century.
    In 1690, English Captain John Strong sailed between the two principal islands and called the passage “Falkland Channel” (now Falkland Sound), named after Anthony Cary, 5th Viscount Falkland (1659–1694), who as Commissioner of the British Admiralty had financed the expedition and later became First Lord of the Admiralty. From this body of water the island group later took its collective name, the Falkland Islands.
    In 1764, France established a colony at Port St. Louis, on East Falkland’s Berkeley Sound coast. The French name Îles Malouines was given to the islands – malouin being the adjective for the Breto port of Saint-Malo [France]. The Spanish name name Islas Malvinas is a translation of the French name name.
    In 1765, The British Captain John Byron, who was unaware of the French presence in the east, explored Saunders Island, in the west, named the harbour Port Egmont, and claimed this and other islands for Britain on the grounds of prior discovery, quoting 1592, 1594 and 1690.
    In 1766, the British Captain John MacBride established a British settlement at Port Egmont. These events were nearly the cause of a war between Britain and Spain, both countries having sent armed fleets to contest the barren but strategically important sovereignty of the islands.
    In 1766, France agreed to leave, and Spain agreed to reimburse Louis de Bougainville, who had established a settlement at his own expense.
    In 1767, the Spaniards assumed control in 1767 and re-named Port St. Louis as Puerto Soledad.
    July 10th 1770 to 22 January 1771. British presence in the west of the main islands continued, until interrupted by Spain during the then Falkland crisis.
    In 1774, because of Britain’s concentration on the American War of Independence, Britain unilaterally chose to withdraw from many overseas settlements, one of which was the Falklands.
    May 20th 1776 the British forces under the command of Lt. Clayton formally took their leave of Port Egmont, while leaving a plaque asserting Britain’s continuing sovereignty over the islands.
    From 1777 to 1811, the Spanish Crown ruled the Falklands Islands from Buenos Aires, Spain withdrew due to the pressures of war against Bonapartist rule at home in Spain and also the moves towards independence by her South American colonies.
    Like Britain in 1776, Spain left behind a plaque proclaiming her sovereignty.
    At this time all the Spanish settlers withdrew from the islands.
    In 1811, following the departure of the Spanish settlers, the Falkland Islands became mainly the domain of British and American whalers and sealers who used the islands to shelter from the worst of the South Atlantic weather.
    Between 40 and 50 ships were engaged in exploiting fur seals. There was an itinerant population of up to 1,000 sailors.
    February 8th 1813 the British ship Isabella, a ship of 193 tons and a crew of fourteen, was wrecked off the coast of Eagle Island (now known as Speedwell Island). Captain George Higton and five other men volunteered to make the hazardous voyage to the River Plate in one of the ship’s longboats. Braving the South Atlantic in a boat little more than 18 ft long (5.5 m), they made landfall a month later. The British gun brig Nancy was sent to rescue the survivors.
    April 5th 1813, US sea Captain Charles Barnard of the American sealer ‘Nanina’ was sailing off the shore of Eagle Island, with a discovery boat deployed looking for seals. Having seen smoke and heard gunshots the previous day, he was alert to the possibility of survivors of a ship wreck. This suspicion was heightened, when the crew of the discovery boat came aboard and informed the captain they had come across a new moccasin as well as the partially butchered remains of a seal. At dinner that evening, the crew observed a man approaching the ship who was shortly joined by eight to ten others. Both Barnard and the survivors from the Isabella had harboured concern the other party was Spanish and were relieved to discover that they were British.
    Barnard dined with the Isabella survivors that evening and finding that the British party were unaware of the War of 1812 informed the British survivors that technically they being of the US were at war with each other. Nevertheless Barnard promised to rescue the British party and set about preparations for the voyage to the River Plate. Realising that they had insufficient stores for the voyage he set about hunting wild pigs and otherwise acquiring additional food. However, while Barnard was gathering supplies, the British took the opportunity to seize the Nanina and departed leaving Barnard and three of his crew marooned. Shortly thereafter the Nanina encountered the British ship Nancy under Lt D’Aranda who had sailed from the River Plate in order to rescue the survivors of the Isabella. Lt D’Aranda took the Nanina as a prize.
    Barnard and his party survived for eighteen months marooned on the islands until rescued by the British ships Indispensible and Asp in November 1814.
    October 1820, the Frigate ’Heroina’ under the command of American privateer Colonel David Jewett arrived in Puerto Soledad following voyage lasting from March to October 1820 looking to capture Spanish ships as prizes. Most of her crew were incapacitated by scurvy and disease. Jewett also executed six of his crew for mutiny. Ultimately he was unable to find any Spanish prizes but did manage to capture a Portuguese ship named Carlota. As Argentina and Portugal were not at war, Jewett could be considered to have committed piracy. A storm resulted in severe damage to the Heroína and had sunk the prize Carlota forcing Jewett to put into Puerto Soledad for repairs.
    Captain Jewett chose to rest and recover in the islands, seeking assistance from the British explorer James Weddell. Weddell reported only 30 seamen and 40 soldiers fit for duty out of a crew of 200, and how Jewett slept with pistols over his head following an attempted mutiny.
    November 6th 1820, US Colonel David Jewett raised the flag of the United Provinces of the River Plate (a predecessor of modern-day Argentina) and claimed possession of the islands. Weddell reported the letter he received from Jewett as:
    February 1st 1821, US Colonel, David Jewett sent a long report to Buenos Aires in which he described his journey.
    He did not, however, make any mention whatsoever of his claim over the Falklands.
    He departed from the Falkland Islands in April 1821. In total he had spent no more than six months on the island, entirely at Port Luis.
    In 1822, US Colonel David Jewett was accused of piracy by a Portuguese court, but by that time he was in Brazil.
    News of Jewett’s claim over the Falklands was reported first in the Salem Gazette, the US Massachusetts news paper and then re-printed in the Times of London. The Spanish newspaper Cadiz then reported the story and it was only when this report reached Buenos Aires, as a foreign news story, was it published in the Buenos Aires Argos on 10 November 1821. More than a year after the event. The Argentine government itself made no announcements. This was probably because Jewett had made no report of his ‘acquisition’ and so they were completely unaware that it had taken place.
    In 1823, the United Provinces of the River Plate granted fishing rights to Jorge Pacheco and Luis Vernet. Travelling to the islands in 1824, the first expedition failed almost as soon as it landed, and Pacheco chose not to continue with the venture. Vernet persisted, but the second attempt, delayed until Winter 1826 by a Brazilian blockade, was also unsuccessful. The expedition intended to exploit the ferel cattle on the islands but the boggy conditions meant the Gauchos could not catch cattle in their traditional way. Vernet was by now aware of conflicting British claims to the islands and sought permission from the British consulate before departing for the islands.
    In 1828, the United Provinces government granted Vernet all of East Falklands including all its resources, and exempted him from taxation if a colony could be established within three years. He took settlers, including British Captain Matthew Brisbane (who had sailed to the islands earlier with Weddell, and before leaving once again sought permission from the British Consulate in Buenos Aires. The British asked for a report for the British government on the islands, and Vernet asked for British protection should they return.
    June 10th 1829, Vernet was designated as ‘civil and military commandant’ of the islands (no Governor was ever appointed) and granted a monopoly on seal hunting rights. A protest was lodged by the British Consulate in Buenos Aires.
    In the 1830s, under British rule, Salvador Settlement was one of the earliest, being started by a British Gibraltarian immigrant (hence its other name of “Gibraltar Settlement”), and it is still run by his descendants, the Pitalugas.
    By 1831, under British rule, the Falkland Islands colony was successful enough to be advertising for new colonists, although the Lexington’s report suggests that the conditions on the islands were quite miserable.
    In 1833, British explorer Charles Darwin confirmed the squalid conditions in the Falkland Island settlement, although Captain Matthew Brisbane (Vernet’s deputy) later claimed that this was the result of the Lexington raid.
    January 3rd 1833, British Captain James Onslow, of the brig-sloop ‘HMS Clio’, arrived at Vernet’s settlement at Port Louis to request that the flag of the United Provinces of the River Plate be replaced with the British one, and for the administration to leave the islands. While Lt. Col. José María Pinedo, commander of the schooner Sarandí, wanted to resist, his numerical disadvantage was obvious, particularly as a large number of his crew were British mercenaries who were unwilling to fight their own countrymen. Such a situation was not unusual in the newly independent states in Latin America, where land forces were strong, but navies were frequently quite undermanned. As such he protested verbally, but departed without a fight on 5 January. Argentina claims that Vernet’s colony was also expelled at this time, though sources from time appear to dispute this, suggesting that the colonists were encouraged to remain initially under the authority of Vernet’s storekeeper, William Dickson and later his deputy, Matthew Brisbane.
    Initial British plans for the Islands were based upon the continuation of Vernet’s settlement at Port Louis. An Argentine immigrant of Irish origin, William Dickson, was appointed as the British representative and provided with a flagpole and flag to be flown whenever ships were in harbour.
    March 1833, Vernet’s Deputy, Matthew Brisbane returned and presented his papers to British Captain Fitzroy of HMS Beagle, which coincidentally happened to be in harbour at the time. Fitzroy encouraged Brisbane to continue with Vernet’s enterprise with the proviso that whilst private enterprise was encouraged, Argentine assertions of sovereignty would not be welcome.
    Brisbane re-asserted his authority over Vernet’s settlement and recommenced the practise of paying employees in promissory notes. Due to Vernet’s reduced status, the promissory notes were devalued, which meant that the employees received fewer goods at Vernet’s stores for their wages. After months of freedom following the Lexington raid this accentuated dissatisfaction with the leadership of the settlement.
    In August 1833, under the leadership of Antonio Rivero, a gang of Creole and Indian gauchos ran amok in the settlement. Armed with muskets obtained from American sealers, the gang killed five members of Vernet’s settlement including both Dickson and Brisbane. Shortly afterward the survivors fled Port Louis, seeking refuge on Turf Island in Berkeley Sound until rescued by the British sealer ‘Hopeful’ in October 1833.
    In January 1834, Lt Henry Smith was installed as the first British resident. One of his first actions was to pursue and arrest Rivero’s gang for the murders committed the previous August. The gang was sent for trial in London but due to a quirk of the British Legal system could not be tried as the Crown Court did not have jurisdiction over the Falkland Islands. In the British colonial system, colonies had their own, distinct governments, finances, and judicial systems. Rivero was not tried and sentenced because the British local government and local judiciary had not yet been installed in 1834; these were created later, by the 1841 British Letters Patent. Subsequently, Rivero has acquired the status of a folk hero in Argentina, where he is portrayed as leading a rebellion against British rule. Ironically it was the actions of Rivero that were responsible for the ultimate demise of Vernet’s enterprise on the Falklands.
    In 1834, British explorer Charles Darwin revisited the Falklands, Darwin and Fitzroyboth take their names from this visit.
    In 1835, after the arrest of Rivero, British Lt. Smith set about restoring the settlement at Port Louis, repairing the damage done by the Lexington raid and renaming it ‘Anson’s Harbour’. Lt Lowcay succeeded Smith in April 1838, followed by Lt Robinson in September 1839 and Lt Tyssen in December 1839.
    Vernet later attempted to return to the Islands but was refused permission to return. The British Crown reneged on promises and refused to recognise rights granted by Captain Onslow at the time of the reoccupation. Eventually, after travelling to London, Vernet received paltry compensation for horses shipped to Port Louis many years before.
    G.T. Whittington obtained a concession of 6,400 acres (26 km2) from Vernet that he later exploited with the formation of the Falkland Islands Commercial Fishery and Agricultural Association.
    In 1836, East Falkland was surveyed by British Admiral George Grey, on behalf of the British Crown.
    November 1836, British Admiral George Grey conducted a geographic survey of East Falkland, on behalf of the British Crown.
    In 1837, East Falkland survey was continued by British Admiral Lowcay.
    April 1838, British Lt Lowcay succeeded Smith in administering the Falklands, on behalf of the British Crown.
    September 1839, British Lt Robinson succeeded Lowcay in administering the Falklands, on behalf of the British Crown.
    December 1839, British Lt Tyssen succeeded Robinson in administering the Falklands, on behalf of the British Crown.
    In the 1840’s, under British rule, with the establishment of the deep-water anchorage and improvements in port facilities, Stanley saw a dramatic increase in the number of visiting ships, in part due to the California Gold Rush. A boom in ship provisioning and ship-repair resulted, aided by the notoriously bad weather in the South Atlantic and around Cape Horn. Stanley and the Falkland Islands are famous as the repository of many wrecks of 19th century ships that reached the islands to be condemned as un-seaworthy and were often employed as floating warehouses by local merchants.
    At one point in the 19th century, Stanley under British rule became one of the world’s busiest ports.
    May 1840, the British Government made the decision to colonise the Falkland Islands.
    Pressure to develop the islands as a colony began to mount as the result of a campaign mounted by British merchant G.T. Whittington. Whittington formed the Falkland Islands Commercial Fishery and Agricultural Association and (based on information indirectly obtained from Vernet) published a pamphlet entitled “The Falkland Islands”. Later a petition signed by London merchants was presented to the British Government demanding the convening of a public meeting to discuss the future development of the Falkland Islands. Whittington petitioned the Colonial Secretary, Lord Russell, proposing that his association be allowed to colonise the islands.
    Unaware of the decision by the British to colonise the islands, Whittington grew impatient and decided to take action of his own initiative. Obtaining two ships, he sent his brother, J. B. Whittington, on a mission to land stores and settlers at Port Louis. On arrival he presented his claim to land that his brother had bought from Vernet. Lt. Tyssen was taken aback by Whittington’s arrival, indicating that he had no authority to allow this; however, he was unable to prevent the party from landing. Whittington constructed a large house for his party, and using a salting house built by Vernet established a fish-salting business.
    In 1841, The British Government continued with its plans to colonise the Falkland Islands, appointing the British Lt Richard Moody as the first Lieutenant Governor of the Islands. He was transported to the Falkland Islands aboard the ship Hebe.
    October 1841, the British Lt Richard Moody took up residence as the first Lieutenant Governor of the Islands. Arriving in Ansons Harbour. He was accompanied by twelve sappers and miners and their families, together with Whittington’s colonists this brought the population of Anson’s Harbour to approximately 50.
    In 1842, Lieutenant Governor Moody was instructed Lord Stanley the British Secretary of State for War and the Colonies to report on the potential of the Port William area as the site of the new capital. Moody assigned the task of surveying the area to Captain Ross, leader of the Antarctic Expedition.
    In 1843, British Captain Ross delivered his report, concluding that Port William afforded a good deep-water anchorage for naval vessels, and that the southern shores of Port Jackson was a suitable location for the proposed settlement. Not everyone was enthused with the selection of the location of the new capital, J. B. Whittington famously remarked that “Of all the miserable bog holes, I believe that Mr Moody has selected one of the worst for the site of his town.”
    July 1843, Construction [under British rule] of the new Port William settlement started.
    July 1845, at British Governor Moody’s suggestion the new capital of the islands was officially named Port Stanley after Lord Stanley.
    In 1845, The structure of the British Colonial Government was established with the formation of the Legislative Council and Executive Council and work on the construction of Government House commenced.
    In 1846, the first officers appointed to the Colonial Government took their posts, by this time a number of residences, a large storage shed, carpenter’s shop and blacksmiths shop had been completed and the Government Dockyard laid-out.
    Until 1846 Moody had allotted feral cattle to new settlers and the new agreement not only prevented this but made Stanley dependent upon Lafone for supplies of Beef
    In 1846, Vernet had furnished Samuel Fisher Lafone, a British merchant operating from Montevideo, with details of the Falklands Islands including a map. Sensing that the exploitation of feral cattle on the islands would be a lucrative venture, Lafone negotiated a contract with the British Government that gave him exclusive rights to this resource.
    Cattle were concentrated in the southern part of East Falklands, an area that became known as Lafonia. Lafone was an absentee landlord and never actually set foot on the islands. His activities were not monitored by the British and rather than introducing more British settlers as he promised, he brought large numbers of Spanish and Indian Gauchos to hunt cattle.
    In 1846, Hope Place was established on the south shores of Brenton Loch.
    In 1847, under British rule, Government House opened as the offices of the Lieutenant.
    By 1849, Many of the British colonists had moved from Ansons Harbour to Port Stanley. As the new town expanded the population grew rapidly reaching 200. The population was further expanded by the arrival from London of 30 married Chelsea Pensioners and their families. The Chelsea Pensioners were to form the permanent garrison and police force taking over from the Royal Sappers and Miners Regiment who had garrisoned the early colony.
    In 1849, under British rule, a sod wall (the Boca wall) was built across the isthmus at Darwin to control the movement of cattle.
    In 1849, Lafone continued to develop his Cattle business interests and looked to establish a joint stock company with his London creditors.
    In 1850 In London a company was launched as the The Royal Falkland Land, Cattle, Seal and Fishery Company, soon thereafter this was incorporated under British Royal Charter as the The Falkland Islands Company Limited. British businessman Lafone became a director and his brother-in-law J.P.Dale the company’s first manager in the Falkland Islands.
    By 1852, the feral cattle had been hunted virtually to extinction by Gauchos and the company switched to sheep farming with the introduction of the Cheviot breed of sheep.
    Sheep farming became the dominant form of agriculture on the Islands.
    In 1854, under British rule, The Exchange Building opened, part of the building was later used as a church.
    In 1854, under British rule, the establishment of Marmont Row, including the Eagle Inn now known as the Upland Goose Hotel.
    In 1859, Government House became the British Governor’s residence when Governor Moore took residence.
    In 1860, the Lafone Beef contract was terminated but the Falkland Islands Company was given a grant to the area known as Lafonia. Ownership of the remaining cattle outside of Lafonia reverted to the British Government and hunting cattle without permission was banned.
    Under British rule, in the second half of the 19th century, Darwin, Goose Green, Fox Bay and Port Howard were established.
    In 1866, Port Howard was founded by James Lovegrove Waldron, and his brother; the Waldron brothers later left for Patagonia, but left the farm under local management.
    In 1874, the first large tallow works in the islands (though not the first) was set up by the Falkland Island Company.
    By 1876, under British rule, the ship-repair trade began to slacken off with the establishment of the Plimsol Line, which saw the elimination of the so-called coffin ships and un-seaworthy vessels that might otherwise have ended up in Stanley for repair.
    In 1878, under British rule, so much peat had been mined as a fuel it lead to a peat slip. This resulted in the destruction of several houses.
    In 1880, the Falkland Island Company handled 15,891 sheep.
    By 1886, under British rule, common on the islands peat has traditionally been exploited as a fuel. Uncontrolled exploitation of this natural resource lead to so much peat had been mined as a fuel it lead to a peat slip. This resulted in the deaths of two women and the destruction of the Exchange Building.
    In 1887, under British rule, Jubilee Villas were built to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. Jubilee Villas are a row of brick built houses that follow a traditional British pattern.
    The 1890’s, under British rule, with the introduction of increasingly reliable iron steamships the trade declined further.
    In 1892, under British rule, the Tabernacle United Free Church was consecrated, constructed from an imported timber kit.
    In 1892, under British rule, Christ Church Cathedral was consecrated and completed in 1903.
    In 1914, under British rule, trade was no longer viable following the opening of the Panama Canal. Port Stanley continued to be a busy port supporting whaling and sealing activities in the early part of the 20th century, British warships (and garrisons) in the First World War and also the Second World War and the fishing and cruise ship industries in the latter half of the century.
    In 1933, under British rule, Christ Church Cathedral received its famous whalebone arch, constructed from the jaws of two Blue Whales to commemorate the centenary of continuous British administration.

    Posted by Peter | February 11, 2012, 00:56
  11. And to cap that, the Falkland people had a referendum and chose to remain with Britain, they the people rejected Argentina.

    Posted by Peter | February 14, 2012, 18:51
  12. If that is symbolic, what is the rest of what you agreed and didn’t tell us about.

    February 2012, Caracas, Venezuela: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and the other ALBA countries agreed to deposit 1 percent of their international reserves in the ALBA Bank including members Cuba, Ecuador, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
    ALBA leaders also announced at the meeting that the group will soon expand with Suriname and St. Lucia as new members.
    Bolivian President Evo Morales proposed that the group form a defence council for their militaries to work more closely together.
    Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa suggested that the group boycott an upcoming Americas summit in Colombia in April if Cuba is excluded from the meeting.
    Chavez and the other ALBA members also used the ALBA meeting to make a statement condemning violence in Syria, which they said had been fomented by foreign powers including the U.S. They condemned the rebels and supported the Syrian Government.
    The group also backed Argentina on Saturday in its long-running dispute with Britain over the Falkland Islands. Chavez and the other ALBA leaders condemned Britain’s stance.

    Posted by Peter | February 25, 2012, 21:35
  13. Isn’t it time that Gonsalves is put in his place?

    Posted by Peter | February 25, 2012, 21:36


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