Reoccupation of the Falkland Islands

December 1832


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Clio (18) John James Onslow


Ship NameCommanderNotes
Sarandi (7)  

Notes on Action

In the course of the same year, the Clio, 18, Commander John James Onslow, was detached by Rear-Admiral Sir Thomas Baker, commanding on the South America station, to reclaim possession of the Malvinas, or Falkland Islands, which lapse of time had encouraged the Buenos Aireans and others to regard as wholly abandoned. Onslow arrived at Port Egrnont in December, 1832, formally exercised the rights of sovereignty, surveyed the coasts, and ejected a Buenos Aires garrison and the war schooner Sarandi, which he found at Port Louis, East Falkland. The reoccupation created some excitement and diplomatic correspondence; but, of course, it was persisted in.

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