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Argentina Once sent a pregnant women to Antarctica to reinforce its territorial claims

by Aadarsh Jain

Argentina Once sent a pregnant women to Antarctica to reinforce its territorial claims

April 9, 2021

What to do when an entire continent's authority is unclear and whose land is in an argument?

You can send a pregnant lady there, have her give birth and then use the baby to reinforce your territorial claims.
Or at least this was the strategy the government of Argentina attempted in 1977, when Argentina airlifted a woman named Silvia Morello de Palma, who was seven months pregnant, to Argentina’s base near Antarctica. 

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Argentina airlifted a woman named Silvia Morello de Palma, who was seven months pregnant, to Argentina's base near Antarctica. 

Emilio Palma - Antarctica's First Born

On January 7, 1978, Silvia gave birth to Emilio Palma & her son became the first person known to have been born on icy Antarctica. His father was captain Jorge Palma, head of the Argentine army. Emilio was automatically granted Argentine citizenship, and he was born in the claimed Argentine Antarctica. Argentina claims this area of Antarctica as part of its national territory, despite the fact that this assertion is not recognised internationally and overlaps with British and Chilean claims.

Antarctica's Plan In Action

The strategy was put into effect when Chile’s president visited Antarctica to claim his country’s dominance, a visit that led Argentina to take such drastic steps and encouraged it to carry out its pregnancy plan. Chilean married couples were sent to its Antarctica base to claim the first baby conceived and born there.

Argentina issued a stamp in 1979 depicting two children looking at a country map, which included their alleged Antarctica territory, with the slogan “Argentines, we must march to the frontiers.”

Argentina's Unrecognized Territory

Argentina takes this unrecognised territory so seriously that it is illegal to have a map in the country that does not include the Malvinas, the South Atlantic Islands, and the part of Antarctica that the country considers as its own.

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