We have seen some really long wars but one of the longest wars in history is the Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years’ War. Yes, you read it right! The war lasted for 335 years. Now you must have started thinking about the colossal loss of life that took place during those 335 years and you must also be wondering which countries were involved in the war! Your will find answers to all your questions in the list of 20 interesting Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years’ War facts below.
Interesting Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years’ War Facts: 1-10
1. The first thing you need to know about this 335 years’ war (1651-1986) is that the very authenticity of the war is disputed. It is more like a folklore passed over from generation to generation.
2. This war was [highlight]one of the bloodless wars in history[/highlight] of mankind. Yes! There wasn’t even a single casualty and not even a single shot was fired.
3. The war supposedly took place between Isles of Scilly and Netherlands
4. The war stretched for so long simply because no peace treaty was ever signed.
5. A peace treaty was eventually signed between the Isles of Scilly and Netherlands in 1986, thereby formally ending the hypothetical war. It is called hypothetical simply because the declaration of war cannot be validated and neither can anyone validate whether a state of war even existed or not!
6. This 335 years’ war originated out of the Second English Civil War that began in 1642 and lasted till 1652. This Second English Civil War was fought between the Parliamentarians and the Royalists.
7. Parliamentarian Oliver Cromwell fought the Royalists to the far edges of England, cornering them in Cornwall, which that the last known Royalists’ stronghold to the west of England.
8. In 1648 however, Cromwell managed to capture mainland Cornwall and the Royalist Navy retreated to the Isles of Scilly (located off Great Britain’s southwest coast). The Isles of Scilly was owned by John Granville who was a Royalist.
9. The United Provinces of Netherlands’ navy was allied to Parliamentarians and since Great Britain helped Netherlands during the Eight Years’ War and aided in Dutch independence from Spain, Netherlands decided to keep alliance with Britain and eventually took sides with the Parliamentarians who were more likely to win the Second Civil War.
10. The Royalist fleet that was stationed in Scilly managed to inflict heavy damage on the Dutch Navy. This forced Admiral Maarten Harpertszoon Tromp of the Dutch Navy to go to Scilly on March 30, 1651 and demand reparations for the damage caused to Dutch Ships. He also asked the Royalists to return the goods they had taken from the Dutch Navy.