French Map of Falkland Islands, 1826

This is an interesting 1826 map published in France by Adrien Brue. It gives the French name for the islands as the Malouines. It even uses the very old name (slightly mispelt) of Ile Maindenland apparently given by Richard Hawkins in the 16th century. Falkland appears as the name of the channel between the two islands. The Eastern island has acquired the name Ile Conti. What makes this map so interesting is the fact that it is marked as the Falklands and the whole area of Patagonia as being independent. The United Provinces of Rio de la Plata lands are marked as an orange hue, whereas Patagonia and the Falkland Islands are marked as being independent of any control. This was seven years before the British returned to make another formal claim on the islands.

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