Saturday, March 10, 2012

Eliza Providence Durie

Was Eliza Providence Durie who was born on Speedwell Island after being ship wrecked on the island from the ship the Isabella in February 1812 the first baby to be born in the Falklands?


  1. This is an interesting question. Are you looking for an answer. This wee girl may have been the first English or Irish (I think the later) person born on the Falklands but research into the brief Spanish speaking settlement prior to this period would be needed to help find an answer.

    I researched a little about the Wreck of the Isabella. What a wonderful movie it would make.
    It has many elements from interesting personalities, ships of two countries at war, women, children, black sailors (one an exceptional leader and sailor), sealing, great sailing feat, rescue by Americans etc.

    I found the number of black sailors on the American sealing ship interesting as I am very interested in black North American history. (They are often written out of or ignored in the main historical narrative.

    Also, this year in Canada we will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 between Britain and the US when the latter tried to take over British North America. This was a side war between the British and the Napoleonic French.
    Canada feels their side won while the Americans claim they did. In effect the Americans were repulse. Canada began its evolution toward a distinct country. The first Nations people were the big losers as the British did not bargain a separate state for them as they had promised.
    Canada and the United States have not had any hostilies between them since (perhaps the best outcome.

    The incident of the wreck of the Isabella and the rescue were coloured by the War of 1812.


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