a british colony in the atlantic islands, comprising two principal islands, east falkland and west falkland. Its capital is stanley. Discovered in 1592, it was not occupied until the french settled there briefly in 1764. Later the english settled there but were expelled by the spanish in 1770. The falklands were claimed by argentina but were occupied in 1833 by the british who, after an april 1982 invasion by argentina, regained them in june. The islands were named by british captain john strong in 1690 for the fifth viscount falkland who financed strong's expedition. The spanish name for the islands, malvinas, is from the french malouins, inhabitants of st. Malo who attempted to colonise the islands in 1764.