The Pig War was an 1859 confrontation between the British Empire and the United States of America over the San Juan Islands off the west coast of North America. How did the confrontation come to have such a unique name?

Answer: The dispute stemmed from the killing of a pig belonging to an Irish settler, Charles Griffin, by American Lyman Cutler. When Griffin threatened Cutler with arrest by British authorities, Cutler petitioned for American aide, and so the conflict was born.

Source: The Pig War by Mike Vouri

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