Longest War in the World
The longest war in the history of mankind is the Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years’ War. It is a war of the state of Sicily against the nation of Netherlands. Sicily is located at the southernmost part of Great Britain. The Three Hundred And Thirty Five Years’ War last 335 years without a single shot being fired. This is one of the longest wars in history aside from the Hundred Years’ War. It is also considered as one of the bloodless wars in history.
The war was precipitated due to the lack of peace treaty hence the duration of the war prolonged for several hundred years although none has taken violent actions towards each other. It was only in 1986 that this hypothetical war came to an end.
Origins of the War
The 335 Years’ War first started during the Second English Civil War which was fought by the Royalists against Parliaments. The Parliaments headed by Oliver Cromwell drove them towards the edge of the kingdom and into the island of Sicily. There, they retreated and remained. It was later on declared that the island of Sicily was owned by the Royalists under the governance of John Grenville.
The Netherlands were allies with the Parliaments after England assisted the ousting of the Spanish colony from their own country. In return, the navy of the United Provinces of the Netherlands would align themselves with the Parliaments as their allies. This did not bode well with Royalists who were in an island state in Sicily. The Dutch Navy chose to attack the island state. On March of 1651, Admiral Maarten Harpertszoon Tromp arrived in the island of Sicily to demand repair for the damages done to his fleet while they were attacking the island. He commanded that the Royalist should pay for the wreckage they have caused with their ships. But when the demand was met with a resounding negative answer, the Dutch openly declared war in the island state of Sicily. It was also around that time that England, now being controlled by Parliamentarians, also declared war to Royalists in Sicily.
The Royalists Surrender
It was on June 1651 that the Parliamentarian took to the seas to attack the Royalist state under the command of Admiral Robert Blake. Although the attack would have caused huge devastation on their side, no shots were fired and no one died as the Royalists finally surrendered. The Dutch Navy have also withdrawn their forces seeing as they could not attack a seemingly small part of a country against an entire nation. Nevertheless, the Dutch never ceased their grudge against the Royalists in Sicily.
The Peace Treaty
Peace was finally declared between the Dutch and the Royalists of Sicily 300 years later in 1985 when Roy Duncan invited the Dutch Ambassador to visit the island and signed the peace treaty. It was officially declared on April 17, 1986 after 335 years when the war began. The Netherlands, Sicily, and the UK are now at peace with this disagreement.