La guerre du cochon

La guerre du cochonA historical account
By Nadine Mackenzie

History has shown us that wars have been started for a myriad of different reasons. And in 1859 an American settler’s assassination of a somewhat gluttonous British pig was all it took to set off a conflict between the two countries. It then became necessary to settle the thorny issue of just who owned the tiny island of San Juan off Vancouver Island in British Columbia, an issue that was left hazy in the Oregon Treaty of 1846 determining the Canadian-American border for the western half of the continent.