By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (January 22, 2024) – Today’s edition of Fun with Maps celebrates the give-away day anniversary of some beleaguered islands.


There are many desolate, far away, inhospitable places, but humans being humans, they still want them.

The Falkland Islands fit that description, in my view.  Today it boasts a human population of about 3,500 and far more sheep.  The main industries are sheep herding and processing their wool, plus resupplying ships.

Located in the cold south Atlantic, 300 miles east of the southern portion of South America, the Spanish occupied it for a bit then ceded the islands to Great Britain on January 22, 1771.

Argentina, being the closest nation believed they wanted it with the sheep, and invaded the islands.  Thus broke out the Falkland Islands war in 1982.  Britain sent battle groups, aircraft carrier, and other military vessels and troops to defend their pride and the sheep.  Britain won.

Tallis’s map of the Falkland Islands on top plus the “sideways” representation of Patagonia on the bottom is shown here from 1851.

Falkalnd Islands and Patagonia – Circa 1851 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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