• American Camp parade ground looking west

    San Juan Island

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Fourth of July at American Camp 1868
The above painting captures a typical Fourth of July celebration at American Camp during the peaceful joint occupation of San Juan Island c. 1868. The two garrisons regularly exchanged visits en masse during which they participated in athletic contests, enjoyed food and drink and the companionship that comes from sharing a common language far from home. Click on the image for a more detailed view.
Richard Schlecht

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Rear Adm. R. Lambert Baynes

British Rear Adm. R. Lambert Baynes immediately superseded Governor Douglas’s orders to land Royal Marines on San Juan Island, cautioning his captains only to fire if fired upon. “Tut, tut, no, no, the damned fools,” he was heard to say on first hearing of the standoff. More...