March 27, 1794

On March 27, 1794, the countries of Denmark and Sweden formed a neutrality compact. They promised to not be enemies, but they didn’t promise to be friends. It was like when you go to a house-party that the Smith-Wyatts put together for the 4th of July and you see the Williams’s walk in before you do. You don’t have any beef with them, so you just nod your head politely. If it was the Telfairs, you’d get ready to throw down, because those assholes snidely said last year that your Aunt Sarah’s potato salad could have used some olives. Heathens. And if it was the Putnams, you and the Putnams would team up against the Telfairs to take them down. But it’s the Williams’s, and there’s no history, good or bad, so you just leave them alone, and maybe give a friendly wave. Just like Denmark’s and Sweden’s navies did with each other’s trade ships after 1794.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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