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5 Things you may not know about The Falklands Conflict

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This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Falklands Conflict. Here are some facts you may not have known:

1: The Falkland Islanders Motto is “Desire the Right” 
The first recorded sighting of the islands was made on 14th August 1592 by the British explorer Captain John Davis. His ship, Desire was heading for the Magellan Straits when they ran into a severe storm, blowing them off course. According to Davis’ journal,  “We were driven in among certain isles never before discovered by any known relation, lying fifty leagues or better from the shore East and Northerly from the Straits in which place unless it pleased God of his wonderful mercy to have ceased the winde we must of necessity have perished.” 390 years later, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher echoed the motto when she stood up in Parliament and announced that the British were sending a Task Force to liberate the islanders after Argentina had invaded them.
“The people of the Falkland Islands, like the…

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