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San Juan Island National Historical Park - English Camp from the Water

SAN JUAN ISLAND NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK

Call (360) 378-2240
Brandon_Cadwell@nps.gov
650 Mullis Street, Suite 100, Friday Harbor, WA 98250

The San Juan Island National Historical Park, including American Camp and English Camp, was created in 1966 based upon an idea: that individuals and nations can solve their problems peacefully without resorting to violence.  For it was here in 1859 that the United States and Great Britain nearly went to war over a pig shot by an American farmer. Actually, it was a bit more complicated than that.

Pressures had been building between the two nations over possession of the San Juan Island group since 1846 when the Treaty of Oregon left ownership unclear. Thus came the "Pig War" crisis, at the height of which more than 500 U.S. Army soldiers and three British warships were nose to nose on the island's southern shore, not 10 miles from Victoria, B.C.  Fortunately, officials on both sides quickly restored calm and the nations agreed to a joint military occupation of the island until the boundary could be decided.

The American soldiers and British Royal Marines remained for 12 years until Kaiser Wilhelm I of Germany, as arbitrator, awarded the islands to the U.S. Today, both parks are excellent places to hike, picnic, play on the beach, experience wildlife and enjoy a wealth of programming, including the summer living history events.

NOTE: The American Camp Visitor Center is currently under construction and will be closed until the Spring of 2021. Learn about the project HERE.

San Juan Island NHP participates in the National Park Service's Volunteers in Parks (VIP) program. The program uses voluntary help in a way that is mutually beneficial to the National Park Service and the volunteer. Volunteer applications can be submitted directly to the park. 


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San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau
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1-888-468-3701 | (360) 378-9551
P.O. Box 1330, Friday Harbor, Washington 98250
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