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A group of islands in the South Atlantic, forming a British overseas territory; population 3,000 (estimated 2015); capital, Stanley (on East Falkland).
The group consists of two main islands and over a hundred smaller ones, about 500 km (300 miles) east of the Strait of Magellan. The Falklands were occupied and colonized by Britain in 1832–3, following the expulsion of an Argentinian garrison. Argentina refused to recognize British sovereignty and continues to refer to the islands by their old Spanish name, the Malvinas
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