Gene Gindling wrote:
If I recall correctly, the islands were part of the Spanish land grant given to Argentina when the colony was released. That is why it is part of Argentina.
Nope. The Dutch were there first. Then the Brits. Then the French. Then the Spanish. Then the Brits again. Then the United Provinces (disputed) . And then the Brits one more time. With the (now) Argentinians muttering on the sidelines. And so it has remained.
Hmm. Yu're being a bit liberal with the concept of physical presence.
The uninhabited islands were first sighted by the Dutch (it is thought, in fact no-one is sure).
The first recorded landing was by the British but only because they were blown off course on their way somewhere else.
It was the French who actually established the first settlement.
The British settled in a year after the French, but unbeknownst to one another as they were on different islands.
Spain acquired the French colony (legally), expelled the British from theirs, but then allowed them back.
The Brits abandoned their settlement some years later but maintained their claim to their part.
When Argentina (or the United Provinces of the River Plate, as it was called) became independent from Spain, it claimed the Malvinas/Falklands
and the game has gone on since then.