Before I start most of my regulars know that I am a student of war (conflict)…and I am interested in the origins and the solutions of these conflicts throughout history.
Wars have been started because of some very unusual reasons…..unusual like an EAR.
In the year 1739 United Kingdom declared war on Spain because of an incident in Florida……
The 9th April marks the anniversary of the event which led to the bizarrely named War of Jenkins’ Ear, an eighteenth century conflict which came to foreshadow many of the historical themes that dominated the nineteenth century.
The man at the centre of the conflict was Captain Robert Jenkins, a British sea captain. On 9th April, 1731, while sailing in the Caribbean, Jenkins’ ship Rebecca was apparently stopped and boarded by a crew of Spanish coast guards led by Captain Juan de Leon Fandino. The coast guards pillaged the ship, attacked the crew, and ultimately set it adrift. Most shockingly, Jenkins claimed that the Spanish crew had tied him up and cut off his ear.
Plus a little more information on this war……
For those that cannot read……or that want it fed to them simply….I have a short video that can make it easier to learn….
This is one of those situation that most history books omit because they are considered by some as unimportant……to me NO war is unimportant and a society could learn much by remembering and studying ab out what went wrong.
That is the old Professor’s history lesson for the day…..”Learn more today so that you will know more tomorrow”.