|Moody left England on 1 October 1841 for the Falklands as lieutenant-governor, advancing in 1843 to be its first British governor and commander-in-chief. He had been given extensive powers to secure and maintain order. He governed firmly and sensibly, and took some steps to develop the area's resources. A detachment of sappers and miners, assisted by civilian labourers, erected government offices, a school and barracks, dwellings and storehouses. Jetties and sea walls further enhanced poor facilities to encourage trade, and a new road system facilitated expansion of farming and fishing. However, the settlers, though they liked him, considered that he could have done more to create the basis of a credible economic system on the islands: no survey was made and no system of land tenure had been devised.
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