Ah, springtime, when a young man’s thoughts turn to dealing with wandering livestock…at least that’s the way it was on San Juan Island in June of 1859. Things didn’t go well for the marauding pig, and it almost led to an international incident between the US and Britain. Join us as we take a look at the Pig War. For a fairly accurate transcript of the main topic of this episode, and for possible bonus content, be sure to visit Gordon’s blog.
Show notes and links:
- The nickel first issued (United States coin) (1866)
- 1st Academy Awards (1929)
- Whispering Smith (TV series) (1961)
- 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens (May 18, 1980)
- Battlefield 1 Historical Trailer Analysis at THE GREAT WAR (youtube.com)
- The Civil War (Ken Burns TV series)
- The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) dir. John Ford, starring John Wayne, James Stewart, etc.
- Captain Cook’s HMS Endeavour has been found in the United States (dailymail.co.uk)
- Pig War (1859)
- “Standoff at Griffin Bay” by Mike Vouri (discovernw.org)
- Nootka Crisis (1789)
- Alexander Mackenzie
- Fort Chipewyan
- George Vancouver
- Oregon (toponym)
- The History Files #46: Sutter’s Fort and Joseph Sutter
- San Juan Island Natl. Park: English Camp (nps.gov)
- Fort Steilacoom
- The Columbia Detachment of the Royal Engineers (royalengineers.ca)
- History Files goodies (zazzle.com)
- Audible.com, the best place on the Internet for audiobooks. Listeners of The History Files can get a free audiobook download and 30 day free trial! Over 180,000 titles to choose from for your iPhone, Android, Kindle or mp3 player.