On 15 May 1859 an American settler on San Juan Island shot a pig belonging to the Hudson's Bay Company. This seemingly insignificant
act was the spark that almost set aflame the strangest of many confrontations between Britain and the United States on the
north-west coast of North America. On one side of the border dispute over the strategically located San Juan Islands was Governor
James Douglas, determined to protect the interests of the Hudson's Bay Company and prove the military superiority of Britain.
On the other side was General William Selby Harney, spoiling for a fight and believing in America's manifest destiny to rule
the continent. In this lively account of the conflict that became known as the Pig War, Rosemary Neering traces the events
that led to the stand-off in the San Juans and brings to life the memorable characters who played leading roles in the drama.
The book is an excellent travel companion to anyone visiting the San Juans and the original American and British camps that
are open to the public.