It is one of the more bizarre stories from US history, The Pig War. As the west was being formed, some iffy details on where the line between the US and Canada was placed resulted in a 13 year battle (granted, more diplomatic than physical) between the US and the UK over who would ultimately control San Juan island. The whole thing came to a boil when a UK pig was shot by a US farmer. Thus, The Pig War.
It’s a crazy story. You can read more about it at the National Park Service website. Or, if you would rather listen, there is a great episode of The Seattle Files that tells the story as well.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo from San Juan in my back pocket. But I did take this photo of a sunrise over the Seattle skyline, which is what you will see if you make your way out to visit the islands.
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