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Colonies were established in the Falkland Islands by the French and the British in the 1760s. Spain and Argentina also colonized the Falklands.

Possession of the Falkland Islands was disputed between Britain and Spain. Later, Argentina made a claim on the islands.

The British established a naval base on the Falkland Islands in 1833. The town of Stanley was founded in 1843.

Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands on 2 April 1982. United Kingdom armed forces re-took the Territory in June of the same year.

The majority of the working population is employed in agriculture (mainly sheep farming) and fishing. Fishing licences in the Falklands' fishing zone are sold to foreign fishing fleets.

Exports include wool, postage stamps and coins.

Tourism is an expanding industry with many thousands of visitors a year. (2008)

Crafts include knitwear and hand-made woollen rugs. Other products are pottery, wooden items and jewellery,

Sports in the Falkland Islands are football, basketball, hockey, squash, badminton, swimming and athletics.

Game fishing is a popular sport in the main rivers and estuaries of the Falklands.

Easter, Christmas and New Year are celebrated. Other days commemorated include Liberation Day - 14 June (1982).

News from the Falkland Islands is available from Newslink.

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