This 18th century conflict between England and Spain was named for a British seaman?s body part:
The War of Henderson?s Toe
The War of Trevelyan?s Knee
The War of Godron?s Nose
The War of Jenkins? Ear
The War of Bailey?s Hand
The War of Jenkins? Ear.
In 1738 Captain Robert Jenkins appeared before the British Parliament holding his severed, pickled ear, and described how it had been cut off by Spanish coastguards. His tale helped incite the growing animosity between the two nations, but the ensuing naval and colonial war in the Atlantic and the Caribbean resulted more from differing trade policies than outrage over Captain Jenkins? treatment.
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