On October 23, 1739 Robert Walpole, Prime Minister of England declared war on Spain. The reason? England wanted a piece of the Atlantic trade and they'd signed a treaty with Spain 10 years before that said they couldn't trade with any of Spain's colonies. To that end, Spanish agents were allowed to periodically board British ships in order to check for "contraband" goods. A scuffle on board a ship turned into an incident and England, which was looking for an excuse to break the treaty anyway, declared war on Spain. The war lasted for nine years, but after 1742 it merged with the War of Austrian Succession.Today's Question: Who was Jenkins?
Labels: England, Spain, War of Austrian Succession, War of Jenkins' Ear