History of a colony and settlement
Luis Vernet, Port Luis and Mount Vernet (both of which are named after him).
Luis Vernet, 1792-1871.
" Vernet was the first Argentine appointed as Governor of Puerto Luis [Port Luis] by the Government of Buenos Aires (his appointment was in the name of the Republic of Buenos Aires. Vernet was owed money by the Argentine Government and the settlement in the Falkland Islands was offered in partial restitution of that debt.
A proclamation naming Vernet as Governor was issued by the Government in Buenos Aires in 1829. The proclamation followed his petition to the Government to provide a warship to police the settlement. That request was refused and instead the proclamation issued giving Vernet the authority to act with his own means. Vernet was anxious to establish the colony quickly as he was promised that it would be free from taxation if it could be established within 3 years."
Vernet arrived in Puerto Soledad in 1829 and reverted to the use of the original French name as Puerto Luis. The settlement was only established in 1828 after several attempts and following the abandonment of the previous Spanish and British colonies in the Falklands in 1811 and 1776 respectively (although both nations left behind declarations of their continued sovereignty).
The spanish was the prior claim which went with Argentina.
Mount Vernet on East Falkland is named after him. (and Port Luis really).
Port Luis. History.
It was established by Louis de Bougainville in 1764 as the first French settlement on the islands, but was then transferred to Spain in 1767 and renamed Puerto Soledad (In Spanish, East Falkland is known as Isla Soledad).Onslow arrived at Puerto Luis on 2 January 1833. Pinedo sent an officer to the British ship, where he was presented with a written request to replace the Argentine flag with the British one, and leave the location. Pinedo entertained plans for resisting, but finally desisted because of his obvious numerical inferiority and the want of enough nationals among his crew (approximately 80% of his forces were British mercenaries who refused to fight their countrymen). The British forces disembarked on 3 January and switched the flags, delivering the Argentine one to Pinedo, who left on 5 January"
Argentina claims that the population of the islands were expelled in 1833; however, sources from the time suggest that the colonists were encouraged to remain under Vernet's deputy, Matthew Brisbane. (around 40 of them)
photo-fotos; community school.
lucky colony. article usa.
politics, Sun newspaper UK.