Jenkins Ear Day is an annual British holiday dedicated to Jenkins Ear, which even led to a war in the 18th century between Spain and England. It’s a very interesting story that we are obliged to share with you. The holiday is celebrated on April 9.
The story of Jenkins Ear Day begins in April 1731, when Captain Jenkins’ English ship was attacked by a Spanish naval brigade under the command of privateer Fandinho. A search was made. Valuables were seized, and the captain’s ear was cut off, which was placed in a bottle of liquor to keep it better preserved. The Spaniards told him to betray to the English king that if his subjects continued to engage in plundering and attacking Spanish ships, the same fate awaited him.
In 1738 Jenkins appeared before the House of Commons, presenting his severed ear. English society was impressed by the brutality of the incident. There were attempts at diplomatic adjustment between the two countries, but they had little effect. As a result, in late 1739, a war “for Jenkins’ ear,” as many historians call it, broke out. In fact, the object of the dispute was access to markets in Spanish America. Thus, the ear contributed to the outbreak of military conflict.
- The main place of military action is the Caribbean Sea.
- The Jenkins Ear War ended in 1748 with the signing of the Second Peace of Aachen.
How to celebrate
Learn more about the course of the Jenkins Ear War and the outcome of the conflict. Visit the museum for historical information of the time.
Spread the word about the holiday on social media. Ask users what information they know about this Spanish-English battle.
When is Jenkins Ear Day celebrated in 2024?
Jenkins Ear Day is observed on April 9 each year.