Declaration of possession of the Falkland Islands for the Government of Buenos Ayres

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National Frigate Heroind at Port Soledad, November 2, 1820.


I have the honour to inform you of the circumstance of my arrival at this port, commissioned by the supreme government of the United Provinces of South America to take possession of these islands in the name of the country to which they naturally appertain.

In the performance of this duty, it is my desire to act towards all friendly flags with the most distinguished justice and politeness.

A principal object is to prevent the wanton destruction of the sources of supply to those whose necessities compel or invite them to visit the islands, and to aid and assist such as require it to obtain a supply with the least trouble and expense.

As your views do not enter into contravention or competition with these orders, and as I think mutual advantage may result from a personal interview, I invite you to pay me a visit on board my ship, where I shall be happy to accommodate you during your pleasure.

I would also beg you, so far as comes within your sphere, to communicate this information to other British subjects in this vicinity. I have the honour to be,


Your most obedient humble Servant,

(Signed) Jewitt,

Colonel of the marine of the United Provinces of South America, and commander of the frigate Heroind.

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.