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Falkland Sound is the large strait running between the two larger islands

The Falkland Sound ( ) is a sea strait in the Falkland Islandsmarker. Running south west - north east, it separates Westmarker and East Falklandmarker.


The sound was named by John Strong in 1690 for Viscount Falkland, the name only later being applied to the archipelago and its two largest islands. The Spanish name "Estrecho de San Carlos" refers to the ship San Carlos which visited in 1768; confusingly the English name "San Carlos Watermarker" is a much smaller inlet on East Falkland - and gives its name to San Carlosmarker, Port San Carlosmarker and the San Carlos Rivermarker.

Captain John Strong of the Welfare made the first recorded landing on either of the main islands (West and East Falkland) on 29 January, 1690, at Bold Covemarker (near Port Howardmarker) just off Falkland Sound.


Islands in the Falkland Sound include Narrows Island, Great Islandmarker, the Tyssen Islandsmarker and the Swan Islandsmarker. The Arch Islandsmarker and Eddystone Rockmarker are at the south and north ends of the Sound respectively.

Settlements on it include Ajax Baymarker, Port San Carlosmarker and San Carlosmarker on East Falklandmarker and Port Howardmarker and Fox Bay on West Falklandmarker.

Inlets and bays on the Sound include: Fox Bay, Port Howard (West Falkland); Grantham Soundmarker, San Carlos Water, Ruggles Bay (East Falkland)


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