Jose Hernandez and sovereignty over MalvinasOn April 2, 1982, Argentina took possession of the Falkland Islands, a territoryusurped by the British in 1833. The occupation-a slap at straws of militarydictatorship began a war that would cost the country the lives of more than 650people. Below we reproduce an article written by José Hernández in 1869, 36years after the usurpation of land, originally published in the newspaper El Rio dela Plata. The author of Martín Fierro draws attention both to the nationalauthorities of the time, led by President Bartolomé Mitre, Argentina and thepress about the importance of "ensuring the territorial integrity and Argentineinterests" and argues that "these rights not ever prescribed. "Author: Newspaper article by Jose Hernandez, of the Falkland Islands, publishedin The Rio de la Plata in November 1869, quoted in HERNANDEZ, JOSE, FalklandIslands. Buenos Aires, Joaquin Gil - Editor, 1952.Interesting letter. - Relation of a voyage to the Falkland Islands 1We started today on the first page (of the River Plate) to publish an interestingletter descriptive of a trip to the Falklands, which is addressed to us by our friendand distinguished Chief of the Navy, Commander D. Augusto Lasserre2. Containsignored by the general curiosity of our readers, and makes us know in a simple,interesting and clear, people, customs, industry, commerce and on the islands,whose geographical location gives them a great importance. (...)Falkland Islands. Serious questions: 3In the interesting account of the journey to the Falkland Islands from ourdistinguished friend, Mr. Lasserre we published a few days in El Rio de la Plata,has rightly drawn attention of the illustrated press, and has been read with deepand general interest throughout the population. The Argentines, especially, couldnot forget that this is a very important part of national territory, usurped at themercy of unfavorable circumstances, at a time undecided, where the nationalitywas struggling with the obstacles opposed to its final organization.Conceived and is easily explained that deep feeling and jealous of the people forthe integrity of its territory and that the usurpation of an inch of land worry itsfuture existence, as if we snatch a piece of flesh. Counterfeiting is not only abreach of civil and political right, it is also the violation of natural law.People need the territory with which they were born into political life, as air isnecessary for free expansion of our lungs. Suck a piece of its territory, is takeaway a right, and that injustice involves a double attack, because not only is thetheft of property, but is also the threat of a new encroachment. The precedent of injustice is always the fear of injustice, as if conformity or indifference of thepeople injured consolidated the conquest of power, who will defend tomorrowagainst a new attempt to plunder, or theft?