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The Pig War

The 1859 Pig War was between the United States and the British Empire over the boundary between the two in the Northwest, specifically at the 49th parallel in the San Juan Islands, which lie between Vancouver Island and the North American mainland. It was set off when an American settler shot and killed a British pig he caught in his garden. When British authorities threatened to arrest the assassin and evict his countrymen, they ran to George (Pickett's Charge) Pickett.

Both sides eventually agreed to joint occupation. Today the Union Jack still flies above the British Camp and is raised and lowered daily by park rangers—making it one of the very few places without diplomatic status where U.S. government employees regularly hoist the flag of another country.

"With no shots exchanged and no human casualties, this dispute was a bloodless conflict." (Wikipedia)

Who knew? How come no one ever told me about this?

Also: Stationed on the island at the time was Henry Martyn Robert of Robert's Rules of Order fame.
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