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The Pig War

Standoff at Griffin Bay

Mike Vouri

$19.95

In the final act of the Northwest Boundary Dispute, a stray pig and a busted miner pushed Great Britain and the United States to the brink of war. From his San Juan Island camp in July 1859, future Confederate general George E. Pickett saw gun ports on British warships and knew it was time to summon help. This is Mike Vouri’s lively account of the Pig War crisis. Originally published by Discover Your Northwest.

Illustrations / bibliography / index / 380 pages (2022)

ISBN 978-1-63864-002-8 (Original Discover Your Northwest ISBN 9780914019626)

 

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In July 1859, U.S. Army Captain George E. Pickett looked down the gun ports of two British warships from his camp on San Juan Island. He knew he needed help, and the sooner, the better. The future Confederate general had been ordered to San Juan to protect the rights of U.S. settlers from the might of the British Empire–especially one settler who had killed a British boar.

First published in 1999, Mike Vouri revised and expanded his lively account of the Pig War crisis into a definitive second edition. He combined additional photographs, maps, and drawings with new material to provide fresh insights into the boundary question that confounded diplomats of three nations, but never quite descended into a shooting war.

Mike Vouri is the former Chief of Interpretation and Historian for San Juan Island National Historic Park.

Illustrations / bibliography / index / 380 pages (2022)

ISBN 978-1-63864-002-8 (Original Discover Your Northwest ISBN 9780914019626)

 

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