When the US and UK Fought Over a Dead Pig

The Pig War of 1859

Photo by Austrian National Library on Unsplash

On June 15, 1859, a pig strolled into an American farmer's field on San Juan Island, in Puget Sound.

Lyman Cutlar, the American farmer picked up his gun and shot the pig. What followed was a military escalation that involved 461 Americans with 14 cannons opposed by five British warships mounting 70 guns and carrying 2,140 men.

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