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Falkland Islands - History

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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 9
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.06

     challenging words:    government-funded, mid-1960s, necessarily, profitable, naval, military, southeastern, dispute, independence, deep-sea, industry, disagreement, nation, establish, waterway, businessman
     content words:    Falkland Islands, South America, Patagonian Indians, Viscount Falkland, After Argentina, Luis Vernet

Falkland Islands - History
By Ekaterina Zhdanova-Redman

1     Think about a time when you felt really small. Not small in size, necessarily, but small in personality - so small that you were easy to ignore. There's a country that is small like that, and for much of its history, has been very easy to ignore. This country is so small that there are only about 3,000 people who live there. And people have been living there for only a few hundred years. But one time a few years ago, this tiny, easy-to-ignore country took center stage as two big countries fought over it. This country is the Falkland Islands.
2     The Falkland Islands are located off the extreme southeastern coast of South America. The island's economy is doing well, thanks to sheep farming and its deep-sea fishing industry. Its closest neighbor is Argentina, and it is not too far away from Antarctica. The country is made up of two main islands and more than 700 smaller ones spread out over an area of 4,700 square miles in the South Atlantic. There's a little evidence that some Patagonian Indians came to the Falklands from Argentina many years ago. But when the first Europeans began arriving in the 17th century, there weren't any people to be found on the Falklands.
3     According to documented history, the British were the first to land on the Falklands in 1690. And, like they did most everywhere else, the British explorers claimed the islands for the king and queen of England. The British named the waterway between the two main islands for a British navy officer, Viscount Falkland.

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