Fortress Falklands Strikes It Rich

Ten years after the war, islanders are in the money -- and in dread of losing their cherished isolation

It is a Monday morning like any other at the pastoral Port Howard Farm on West Falkland Island. Several shepherds roam the 200,000-acre spread in Land Rovers and on motorbikes, tending the 45,000 woolly residents. In the main house, farm owner Robin Lee, 42, checks over farm accounts and sips a final cup of tea before making the weekly commute to his desk job in the capital city of Port Stanley. When the call comes signaling that his ride is en route, Lee drives the short stretch to a grassy landing strip, arriving in time to make sure it is clear...

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