Stanley Around The World

Posted on May 3, 2010 by stanleyeditors

Continuing our coverage of other Stanley’s around the world, one of the more famous Stanleys is in the Falkland Islands.

In 1982 Stanley rose to prominence when it became the setting for the final battle of the Falklands War, and the site of the Argentine surrender after the British surrounded the high ground around the town and began shelling.

With a population in 2006 of just over 2000, Stanley is located on one of the wettest parts of the island, and now serves as the main shopping centre on the island and the hub of the East Falklands road network.

Interesting features of the town include the southernmost cathedral in the world, shipwrecks in the harbour, and a bomb disposal unit set up after the British laid mines around the town.

Like most Stanleys in the world, this one is named after Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby, (pictured) and as with most other Stanleys,he never actually visited the place.

Edward Smith-Stanley,
14th Earl of Derby

Governor Moody decided to locate the capital of the Falklands in Stanley around 1845 to take advantage of the deep water port, a decision which prompted one local to observe “Of all the miserable bog holes, I believe that Mr Moody has selected one of the worst for the site of his town.”

Prior to the construction of the Panama Canal, the  town’s economy was based on being a major repair stop for boats travelling through the Straights of Magellan. Today the economy is based on fishing and tourism.

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