The Falkland Islands
Updated: Oct 1, 2022
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The Falkland Islands.
It comprises East Falkland, West Falkland, and 776 smaller islands.
It lies about 480 km northeast of the southern tip of South America and a similar distance east of the Strait of Magellan.
Reason for Naming the country
The name "Falkland Islands" comes from Falkland* Sound, the strait that separates the two main islands.
The name "Falkland" was applied to the channel by John Strong, captain of an English expedition that landed on the islands in 1690.
*The Falkland Sound is a sea strait in the Falkland Islands. Running southwest-northeast, it separates West and East Falkland.