British crown colony consisting of a group of islands in the S Atlantic, east of the tip of South America: also claimed by Argentina: 4,710 sq mi (12,200 sq km)
also Falklands: Sp. name Malvinas
In Spanish Is·las Mal·vi·nas
A group of islands in the southern Atlantic Ocean east of the Strait of Magellan. Controlled by Great Britain since the 1830s, the islands are also claimed by Argentina and were occupied briefly by Argentinian troops in 1982 before being reoccupied by British forces.
- Overseas territory of the United Kingdom, located in the South Atlantic. Official name: Falkland Islands. Argentina contests the British sovereignty in the islands.
Name taken from the Falkland Sound, which were named for Viscount Falkland by John Strong, who landed on the islands in 1690.