The act of force of 1833 was part of the imperialistic policies of the European Powers in the Americas, Africa and Asia during the XIX century. The invasion of the Malvinas as well as the two British attempts to invade Buenos Aires in 1806 and 1807 must be understood in this context, i.e. the British pursuit of a strategic point in the South Atlantic. Argentina was expelled from the islands in 1833 when Great Britain invaded the islands. The Argentine authorities settled there were forced to leave by the British fleet. Most of the settlers in Puerto Soledad had had to leave for Montevideo after the American attack of 1832.

After the Invasion, the British Government designed the composition of the population of the islands by importing settlers of British origin as part of a colonization plan which persists to this day. As the British Secretary of Foreign Affairs recognized in his letter of 5 March 1842: “Her Majesty having in the exercise of the Sovereign Rights, directed a permanent system of British Colonization to be established in those Islands.” As a result of this colonization plan and strict immigration control, Argentines from the mainland are not allowed to reside or own property in the islands thus preserving the fabricated “Britishness” of the place.

Contrary to what the UK describes as “free will” immigration not restricted to British Nationals, the plan to colonize the islands with settlers of British origin was expressly designed by the Commissioners of the Crown Lands and Emigration as early as 1840; non-British were only allowed to stay and work in farming but not as “settlers”, a condition only reserved for British nationals entitled to reside and own land.

The unbound booklet of the Illegal Government of the Islands posts photos of families who settled in the Malvinas Islands last century. Argentines were not allowed to reside or buy land after the invasion.

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