During the summer of 1859 in the San Juan Islands, the U.S. and England were poised at the brink of war--over a pig! The islands were jointly claimed by the U.S. and Britain. Tensions escalated into an international incident when an American farmer shot a pig--owned by the Hudson's Bay Company--that was rooting in his garden. Diplomacy prevailed and there were no other casualties, thanks to a cease-fire that held until an arbitration committee in Geneva turned the San Juan Islands over to the U.S.
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Report Center for State of the Parks: San Juan Island National Historical Park Recognizing San Juan Island National Historical Park’s significance to our shared national heritage, NPCA’s Center for State of the Parks endeavored to determine the conditions of resources protected within the park.