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From: Graeme Wall <>
Subject: Re: News extracts: June 14, 1828: Affray at Rio Janeiro
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2008 19:09:26 +0100
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In message <>
Charles Ellson <> wrote:

> On Mon, 16 Jun 2008 09:19:45 +0100, Graeme Wall
> <> wrote:
>
> >In message <>
> > Charles Ellson <> wrote:
> >
> >> On Sat, 14 Jun 2008 13:44:08 -0400, katy <>
> >> wrote:
> >>
> >> >Don Aitken wrote:
> >[snip]
> >> >>
> >> >> This was the high period of Britiah "informal empire" in South America
> >> >> - the theoretically independent countries of the region did what the
> >> >> Britiah told them.
> >> >>
> >> >
> >> >Os this when the Brits acquired the Falkland Islands, then?
> >> >
> >> British settlers had been there since about 1765, following closely
> >> after French settlers. There was also Spanish involvement and an
> >> amount of mainly non-hostile passing of the islands between the three
> >> countries. The Republic of Buenos Aires tried to claim the islands in
> >> 1820 (with the US also sticking their oar in) as they had never been
> >> formally colonised by the UK but withdrew their claim and the islands
> >> were made a formal colony in 1833. Argentina never possessed the
> >> islands until the unsuccessful war in 1982. Some of the
> >> passing-the-parcel is described in:-
> >> http://gdl.cdlr.strath.ac.uk/scotia/gooant/gooant070703.htm
> >
> >The US 'sticking their oar in' actually refers to the fact that the Buenos
> >Aires had used the islands as a prison camp which detoriorated into a
> >pirate's nest that preyed on passing shipping. The Americans sent the USS
> >Constitution down to clear them out, hanging the ring-leaders and
> >transporting the remainder back to the main-land.
> >
> Is that an unmentioned part of the 1831 incident described in the
> strath.ac.uk article or something separate ?

That, as I understood it, was the 1831 incident, which the article has a
slightly different take on.

--
Graeme Wall

My genealogy website <www.greywall.demon.co.uk/genealogy>


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