Whose Islands? The Cartographic Politics of the Falklands, 1763–1982

  • Benjamin J SacksEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)


For nearly 250 years a desolate, rocky archipelago between Tierra del Fuego and the Antarctic Peninsula has captivated, inspired, and angered the empires of the Atlantic world. The Falkland Islands have witnessed the clash of cultures and politics, the competing destinies of Britain, France, Spain, Argentina, and even the United States. Although recent tensions between London and Buenos Aires have renewed interest in the Falklands, scholars and commentators alike continue to omit the vital historical and contemporary role cartography plays in this longstanding dispute. This article demonstrates that at significant moments in the Falklands’ past, maps and their makers acted both as potent visual manifestations of national propaganda and imperial interest, as well as important tools of negotiation. Ultimately, Falklands cartography proves to be an invaluable asset of historical knowledge as well as a problematic source of friction and confusion.


Falkland Island Hydrographic Survey International Conception Territorial Claim Depth Sounding 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Princeton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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