San Juan Islands
San Juan Islands, Washington 98286, USA
Photo by Jim Maya
San Juan IslandsAn archipelago of more than 450 rocks, pinnacles, and islands peppers northern Puget Sound. This National Monument shelters a uniquely tranquil landscape, where mist smudges the lines between water, forest, and distant peaks. The main island—San Juan—was the site of maybe the most peaceful conflict on U.S. soil: the Anglo-American Pig War (1859–1872). No shots were fired, except in the execution of a greedy hog, and the bored armies wound up sharing picnics, parties, and horse races. Finally, Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm I was asked to mediate, and he awarded the disputed area to the United States.
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