Empires, Pirates, and Jenkins' ear

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On this date, April 9, 1731, a war, which came as the result of a war which was, itself the result of a war, found casus belli in the form of traumatic auriculectomy. It is a story of empires, great navies, pirates- because all great stories include pirates- and perhaps the most famous ear removal in history
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  • Cool.

    KA FleuryKA Fleury11 өдрийн өмнө
  • A small inaccuracy, in 5:31 & 5:53, that's not Phillip Duke of Anjou but King Phillip IV father of Charles II the Bewitched. The "bewitched" translation is more exact than "mad". It was translated from the original Spanish epithet: "embrujado" as it was believed he was under a spell for his physical misfortunes.

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  • Getting a little thick with the ads...

    Metis CalgaryMetis Calgary17 өдрийн өмнө
  • Methinks I'd prefer to be tortured by the sword than by even one more tortured pun. 🙄

    Gene PozniakGene Pozniak18 өдрийн өмнө
  • The wrap up tying in Washington was AWESOME!

    Tad KowalTad Kowal20 өдрийн өмнө
  • Thank you for quoting the Durants.

    JustJoe OlesonJustJoe Oleson20 өдрийн өмнө
  • Gibraltar is still important-it became a key negotiation point in Brexit

    Andrew LonghoferAndrew Longhofer21 өдрийн өмнө
  • Excellent story telling and a great closing anecdote about L. Wash and G.Wash and Mt. Vernon. Thank you.

    Frank GullaFrank Gulla21 өдрийн өмнө
  • I didn’t forget to smash that like button Appreciate y’all H. G. All day long.

    Robert AbellRobert Abell21 өдрийн өмнө
  • The same war had another figure that was more interesting than that over privileged, boastful yet blundering Adm. Vernon. His name was Blas de Lezo, a double amputee with a missing ear, a man of true grit and mettle. He was truly marked by battles. Lezo, successfully defended Cartagena de las Indias, using some tactics that mirrored Sebastian de Vauban. This was lead to another war...the invasion of Havana (1762.) Geiger, I gather you a not a polyglot. That puts in a historical rut or quagmire, or even worse, a quagmire within a rut. If you need a lifeline just let me know.

    esteban corralesteban corral21 өдрийн өмнө
  • Hmm was Robert Jenkins the great- great- great - great grandfather of Leroy Jenkins ... 😆🤣😂

    Paul JohnstonPaul Johnston21 өдрийн өмнө
  • Imagine some early balding manlet slack jaw brain damaged stubbed toe looking guy drooling on himself, And now imagine people telling you with a straight face he is your king by Divine right.

    Roch ChamboRoch Chambo22 өдрийн өмнө
  • i love your videos, your voice, your manner and your tone makes your tellings the most watchable.

    alex calex c22 өдрийн өмнө
  • Another wonderful story. Thank you very much!

    Michael MillicanMichael Millican23 өдрийн өмнө
  • Poor Evander Holyfield.... his ear does not make it into THGs canon of world shaking ear-removals...

    Ugly German TruthsUgly German Truths26 өдрийн өмнө
  • I believe Peter removed a Roman ear in the garden of Gethsemane. That's a pretty well known story too.

    David StoyanoffDavid Stoyanoff28 өдрийн өмнө
  • MNthe’s Paul Harvey. Awesomeness in Action.

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  • Of course it was Walpole.... it's always Walpole.

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  • and those ear wounds really bleed. A bloody affair no doubt at all that lead to much more bleeding. What a cause to rally around

    David TuckerDavid TuckerСарын өмнө
  • Top notch storytelling sir!

    Mark MerithewMark MerithewСарын өмнө
  • No matter what historians may write. Virtually every war in history has been fought over economics.

    panzerabwerkanonepanzerabwerkanoneСарын өмнө
  • "An unsuccessful Spanish invasion from Florida resulted in agreeing on the border with Georgeia" Hmm...so that means we can blame Florida Georgeia Line on this event also...

    Patriotic AnarchistPatriotic AnarchistСарын өмнө
  • “We had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates. “ ~Mark Twain

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  • My husband, who enjoyed going to Mt. Vernon, and who died back in Feb., would have enjoyed knowing how Mt. Vernon came to be named so. He would have laughed at these last few minutes of history that deserved to be remembered.

    Jennifer HortonJennifer HortonСарын өмнө
  • skull & crossbones bowtie is a nice touch :)

    Trent HuggaryTrent HuggaryСарын өмнө
  • 'If you enjoyed this episode please click the thumbs up', I don't think there has ever been an episode that I didn't think deserved a thumbs up. Love your work.

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  • 21 st century cliff notes

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  • Yarrr!

    Scott BoswellScott BoswellСарын өмнө
  • Would you please consider doing a show on each of the aircraft used in WWII? Each type has interesting stories. The 'gull' wing of the F4U Corsair for instance. And the twin tailed P38 Lightning developed by the skunk works, Kelly Johnson 's facility that gave us the highest flying plane, the U2 and the fastest plane, the SR71 as well as the stealthiest, the F117 stealth fighter!

    David DaigrepontDavid DaigrepontСарын өмнө
  • “Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus.” John 18:10 KJV

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  • "It's the Treaty of Seville........" "Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!" Dreadfully sorry. I'll let myself out.

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  • It was Walpole

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  • Had did you end up with an R.C.M.P hat

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    • Sent be a viewer

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  • The prolific pursuit of alliteration in this titillating tale of piracy was greatly gratifying.

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  • Yes! I'm fairly sure this is a coincidence, but you covered a topic I suggested in an email! Now my husband believes me that I didn't make this up. Lol I have a million and one other suggestions you may or may not have covered or be interested in covering. My favorite historical figure Sir Richard Burton (not the actor), another great explorer Pedro Teixeira, a few French royals Catherine de Medici and Henry of Navarre, and because I love my home and it's quirky past... Cyrus Teed, and the Koreshan Unity "New Jerusalem"

    Yvonne MorganYvonne MorganСарын өмнө
  • If I’m hearing you correctly you have exceeded your syllabic allocation for one episode. But you certainly have an ear for history.

    Robert PierceRobert PierceСарын өмнө
  • Enough plays on words to be almost poetic !

    Stewart RitcheyStewart RitcheyСарын өмнө
  • I think "The History Stud" was a pirate in a previous life.

    Andy VAndy VСарын өмнө
  • This was perhaps the closest HG narrative yet to the old PBS series "Connections" from James Burke. The program would run through various disparate narratives of inventions, scientific advances and even cultural developments, and by the end of an episode demonstrate how they were all intertwined. Tying together a severed ear, mercantilism, pirates and George Washington was masterful indeed. Always a pleasure to watch these!

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  • NO, not all great stories involve pirates. Pirates = murderers, rapists, and thieves. You should know this and your line has gotten beyond old.

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  • One of your best

    The ShockerThe ShockerСарын өмнө
  • ‘That was history That the history guy enjoyed remembering...’ and so did we. Thank you. 🏴‍☠️

    Bonnie HaeberleBonnie HaeberleСарын өмнө
  • Could you talk a little faster and include more details?

  • There is much more common history between Spain and USA that deserves to be remembered. For example the use of spanish simbols in States flags onf the confederation. Or the contribution of Spain to the USA independence. I wish i would see that in this channel. Thanks

    alfredolanda80alfredolanda80Сарын өмнө
  • Well you certainly gave this tale a good hearing. Any story that is told as well as this deserves to be remembered.

    Robert MorrisRobert MorrisСарын өмнө
  • A very convoluted episode in history summed up in fewer than 15 minutes. Brilliant.

    Bruce WalkerBruce WalkerСарын өмнө
  • Great story. All the better because tis true.

    jl smithjl smithСарын өмнө
  • Wow! A masterful telling! Way to go History Guy!

    Eamon DillonEamon DillonСарын өмнө
  • That was terrific! Very entertaining and educational!

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  • Clowns to the left of me! Jokers to the right! Here I am stuck in the middle with you.

    ErickCErickCСарын өмнө
  • Lawrence Washington left Mt.Vernon to his daughter, who died as a child....his widow remarried, rented Mt Vernon to her brother in law, George. Then she died, that is how George inheritated Mt Vernon.

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  • These are great mealtime videos.

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  • I see your Robby the Robot on the lower left bookshelf

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  • Bravo for going above and beyond with the alliteration and turns of phrase in this video.

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  • Fantastic that's all I can say thank you History Guy your Chanel is the best

    Doug Van AllenDoug Van AllenСарын өмнө
  • The Anglo-Spanish War of 1727 is very strange in that France, in the midst of a period of over 120 years of on-and-off conflict with Great Britain and who was allied with Spain in five other wars in the 18th century (Spanish Succession, Austrian Succession, Seven Years, and American Revolution), allied in that war WITH the British AGAINST the Spanish.

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  • If you have already made one, forgive me, however, it would be great if you could make a video about the Jacquard loom.

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  • Could you kindly produce and present an episode about a man who “missed dates with destiny” three times during the late18-early 19th centuries, but without whose involvement those three may not have happened? I believe the life of Archibald Cochrane, 9th Earl of Dundonald, and the role he played in development of coal tar gas, tar macadam, and tar-coating of ships’ hulls, is history ... that deserves to be remembered. Further, his son played a role in the development of the convoy system which, some 55 years after his death, saved Great Britain from starvation by German UBoats. And then, 25 years later, saved Great Britain, again, from starvation by German UBoats.

    Doug JBDoug JBСарын өмнө
  • Slavery makes the rest of the story hard to pay attention to.

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  • Laurence Washington's CO, Adm. Edw. Vernon, was known as "Old Grog" because of the wool-and-silk cloak he wore; the fabric was known as "grogram." He is infamous in the Royal Navy for cutting the men's daily rum ration with water, to make "grog," supposedly to cut down on drunken brawls. The noonday tradition of serving grog only ended in 1970.

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  • As they shouted in Parliament, ""Ear 'Ear!"

    Lewis TaishoffLewis TaishoffСарын өмнө
  • In which The History Guy sets the world record for alliterative allusions.

    madeconomistmadeconomistСарын өмнө
  • I once read in the Time-Life Seafarers volume entitled "The Ocean Liners" the the Queen Mary while crossing the Atlantis as a Troop Ship was hit broadside by a rogue wave. She nearly capsized with 3,000 troops on board. She tipped over, beyond the point of no return, where her funnels were just feet away from the water. This would make a great topic for one of your episodes.

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  • My mother always said not to forget history or it will repeat itself. What's the definition of insanity?

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  • Epic yarn

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  • All good stories include pirates, yes. Can confirm.

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  • I love the chain of connected events in this story. And you really managed to get a lot of pirates into this one. Five stars!

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  • Berlin Airlift

  • Always love a pirate story!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • have you thought about doing an episode about the Dunedin Star shipwrecked in WW2 on the skeleton coast of west Africa?

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  • Obligatory Leroooooooooooy......Jenkins!!! :P

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  • Great illustration that "the issue is never the issue."

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  • This episode was poetry.

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  • Can you do a video on the only bomber vs bomber dogfight that occurred in WW2

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  • Do You have one of persons who were forgotten at isolated outposts and who, not told war was over, that persons didn't know a war that had ended that they were still fighting?

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  • Hey man I am investigating a report on WW2 for the 364TH reg. I need help to spread this report tbh spread the word spread the awareness... 364TH reg. Camp van dorn Mississippi- the missing 1200

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    • Any one who cares like and subscribe to this guy^ spread the word of this to get it known so some one can get caught up with me... maybe even talk about the 364TH for there family family that runs deeper then the blood in my vanes louder then the beats of my heart Longer then the rifle of my weapon Peace for the ones who can’t fight for it and peace for those who fight for you

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  • We can forget, lest we are reminded, how the serious business of advancing imperial agendas and trade less resembled what we nowadays call 'business,' was in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century a sport of pirates, freebooters, opportunists and scoundrels. Less the tapestry of history and more the splattered backdrop to farce and barbarity. And yet out of all this burlesque comedy comes our modern world. We should remember our brutal, comic beginnings and marvel that we aren't quite as mired in absurdity today. Aren't we?

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  • Gosh! These are always so great to hear! I have learned so much since subscribing to your channel. Thank you!

    Lorena PeñaLorena PeñaСарын өмнө
  • "The repugnant rending of poor Jenkin's ear" ..... ha....poetry. it coupd be a chorus and name for a sea shanty

    Vincent NajgerVincent NajgerСарын өмнө
  • What a brilliant ending. This stuff should be filmed and made into a series. Just fantastic, like the old James Burke 'Connections' series. Would improve the History channel and their ignorant UFO garbage.

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  • 6:44 Anglo-British fleet? Could use explaining.

    Kirk HansenKirk HansenСарын өмнө
  • Please consider developing an episode about the White Rajahs of Sarawak. Pirates, headhunters and possibly, dare I say, cannibals, are part of the story. The Brooke dynasty in Sarawak is an interesting tale. Thanks you for your efforts.

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  • Another wonderful tale of history! Thank you. I also like seeing what you have on the shelves behind you during the video. Today I noticed that the Batman figure is mysteriously replaced by a Christmas Nutcracker. This is the first time I have noticed anything changing between one part to the next.

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  • You have been amazing, fascinating and engaging me since your earliest episodes. There' is not one that has disappointed me. Obviously, I am not alone. Thanks, and keep at it--please.

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  • I love your content. Bob Hoover and his escape from a German prisoner of war camp. Would make a great story.

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  • When asked why the US and Europe should help poor nations in Central and South America as well as Africa. The answer is we exploited those nations for hundreds of years from the days of Of European colonies through the times of the American slave trade. The U.S. continues to exploit Central America to this day.

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  • as to phrase "casus belli", in Carl Hiassen's "Squeeze Me" there is a fictional place in Palm Beach called Casa Belicosa

    Mark RossowMark RossowСарын өмнө
  • Spanish Mercantilism = taking Tons of gold and silver to Spain = too much "money" chasing Spanish goods at home == inflation == wrecked economy for Spaniards not part of colonialism

    Mark RossowMark RossowСарын өмнө
  • This is an excellent example of what I didn't learn in public school. Eagerly awaiting your next video. One of my favorite books was about a man named leTourneau, who invented large construction equipment. There were a few twists in his life too.

    Jon McCormickJon McCormickСарын өмнө
  • Can you imagine having an inbred like Charles as the ruler of an empire? He clearly wasn't the actual ruler but the optics of his appearance alone is terrible.

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  • I live 20 minutes from Mount Vernon and had never known where the name came from. Really appreciate your teams work

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  • Ahhh, got my Prirate fix. Thanks!

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  • Interesting subject matter as always. Wasn’t one of the motivators for George Washington to be a “patriot for liberty” was King George required him to return lands back to the Indians? Plus the road to Fort Duquesne was designated by the British military to start in Philly and follow an Indian trail or what we now call the Pa Turnpike. Patriot George wanted this road to follow the Potomac River past Mount Vernon and then of course he received no regular army commission. War!

    Paul BurkholderPaul BurkholderСарын өмнө
  • are not all wars about who will exploit the people and resources of a region?

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  • I was familiar with the martial amputation of Jenkin's Ear, and the war that ensued, but have never heard it told in such an informative nor entertaining fashion

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  • Don't all good stories involve pirates.

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  • Wait, you mean the U.S. is not the only country that owes reparations ?

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  • Love the Bowtie!

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  • Curious hardly much thought was given to the siege and battle of Cartegena. Easily the most important episode of the war. I know that the pirate talk is impressove. I actually had no idea this war included so much pirate on pirate action... But you left out Blas the Lezo, the main Spabish character of this war: he eas missing an eye, an arm and a leg. People called him Medio-hombre (Half-man)

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  • Alliteration much?

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