The Town Of Huescar Declared War On Denmark And Forgot For 172 Years

Samuel Reason | May 30th, 2019

When it came to the small town of Huescar in Spain, they were not going to be pushovers no matter what happened. The people of Huescar did not really have the resources or means to battle against a whole country, with only 8 municipal guards being deployed at all times. But they were proud people and entered the Napoleonic Wars with every intention of taking part.

Eventually, Napoleon lost the war and Ferdinand VII was returned to his throne, the Spanish people went back to their daily lives and a time of peace happened. In 1814, the Treaty of Paris actually signed by both Spain and Denmark ensured all hostilities were done and that diplomatic relations between the two countries moved forward positively.

But despite The Treaty of Paris the little town of Huescar never actually declared peace with Denmark. And this declaration of war had been forgotten completely for 172 years. Though never a single shot had been fired or even an injury had happened during the war, in fact, it was a little bit of a pointless war! A cultural officer by the name of Vicente Gonzalez discovered the 172-year-old declaration and published it.

The town than did not really know what to do and started to debate their options, in 1981, they decided that they should end the way. A Danish Ambassador by the name of Mogens Wandel-Petersen promised to do everything possible to put things right with the small town. And he traveled to Huescar with the intention of signing a peace treaty.

Both sides decided to have a little fun over the affair, the Danes arrived dressed as Vikings with shields that stated Danish Hispanic Friends. And the people of Huescar even put up a huge banner to let the Danes know they were entering enemy territory. A great celebration happened with much wine and food being shared, and then the mayor of Huescar finally signed a peace agreement with the Danish ambassador.

Next Article
  • First Toothbrush Was Actually A Chewbrush

    Some think of toothbrushes as being man’s best friend and that this award is not actually occupied by dogs. In modern times, people have indeed voted that toothbrush is one of the greatest inventions that we cannot live without. In surveys, it beats microwaves, automobiles, and television - but it is interesting to look at...

    Read More
  • Oldest Organism On Earth Only Reproduce Every 10,000 Years

    Researchers who have been working with the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) have discovered new bacteria, fungi, and viruses living a mile under the ocean floor that are thought to be millions of years old. The incredible discovery shines some light on how old species on Earth really are, with...

    Read More
  • One Rickshaw Driver Was Able To Help Educate Hundreds Of Poor Children

    A famous rickshaw driver by the name of Mr. Bai Fang Li is a folklore legend in his home region, having helped hundreds of poor children afford education during his lifetime. Most people believe in relaxation when getting older, especially as they retire, but not Mr. Li who continued his donation lifestyle until the very...

    Read More
  • The Vine That Is A Master Mimic

    When it comes to changing into something else or camouflaging, the world is filled with organisms that can do this. The Chameleon is, of course, the most famous one, that can alter its color and blend in with its background. And in the insect world, you will find butterflies that mimic toxic insect or sticks...

    Read More
  • The Secret Ingredient To Victorian Leather Was Dog Poop

    Back in time, dog poop was an extremely valuable resource for leather makers. Every coat, handbag, briefcase or any sort of leather goods was created by using dog poop to an extent. So as you can imagine some entrepreneurs around the city of London found a way to benefit from this ever-growing need for dog...

    Read More
  • The Invention Of Artificial Sweetener Was By Accident

    Constantin Fahlberg was a famous Russian chemist who by accident discovered an artificial sweetener by the name of saccharin, this allowed him to become extremely wealthy by mass producing it for the public Here is his story. The artificial sweetener was known as the new coal tar sugar, and despite...

    Read More
  • Extreme Ironing Is A Real Sport

    Yes, you heard it right, extreme ironing is a real and practiced extreme sport around the world. It is known as a tough sport to get good at because it is one of the only outdoor sports that combines both the dangers and excitement of an extreme sport, with the well known and loved the...

    Read More