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False Flags, Not an American invention.

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False Flags, Not an American invention.
Although not the singular cause of hostilities as this was a period of constant hostilities and rivalries in Europe ( when hasn't there been ), I thought I would just put out there the singularly most ridiculous, petty and bizarre excuse for going to war I think I've ever come across.

The War of Jenkins's Ear.

"The incident that gave its name to the war had occurred in 1731 when the British brig Rebecca was boarded by the Spanish coast guard La Isabela, commanded by Julio León Fandiño. After boarding, Fandiño cut off the left ear of the Rebecca's captain, Robert Jenkins, who had been accused of piracy. Fandiño told Jenkins, "Go, and tell your King that I will do the same, if he dares to do the same." In March 1738, Jenkins was ordered to attend Parliament, presumably to repeat his story before a committee of the House of Commons. According to some accounts, he produced the severed ear when he attended, although no detailed record of the hearing exists. The incident was considered alongside various other cases of "Spanish Depredations upon the British Subjects", and was perceived as an insult to the honour of the nation and a clear casus belli."

Perhaps the telling part is that no record of the hearing exists.

"At the conclusion of the War of the Spanish Succession, the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713 gave Britain a thirty-year asiento, or contract-right, to supply an unlimited number of slaves to the Spanish colonies, and 500 tons of goods per year. This provided British traders and smugglers potential inroads into the (traditionally) closed markets in Spanish America."

The usual financial considerations and violence for market share and resources.

"The War of Jenkins' Ear was a conflict between Great Britain and Spain that lasted from 1739 to 1748, with major operations largely ended by 1742."

This then became part of the wider conflict of The War Of The Austrian Succession and also included King George's War on the American Continent.

The Europeans taught you all you know my fine American cousins.

Professor John Knox Laughton in his researches later dismissed the only written account of the incident thus.
"Laughton subsequently examined the 1739 publication and, in writing Robert Jenkins entry for the Dictionary of National Biography he dismissed it as, "a catch-penny chapbook, in which no reference is made to Jenkins's case, except in a worthless frontispiece".

From what I've read this 'war' was simply a pretence of legitimacy for British piracy on the Spanish Main. Another element that surely rings a bell.

[link to en.wikipedia.org]