Potato Fact #102

In 1859 on San Juan Island, American farmer Lyman Cutlar shot a large, black pig that was eating potatoes on his property. The pig belonged to Irishman Charles Griffin. The dispute between the two escalated, resulting in a military standoff between the U.S. and British armies (both nations claimed to own the island). No additional shots were ever fired, and after 15 years of negotiations, military forces withdrew, putting an end to the so-called “Pig and Potato War.”