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A war over an ear. The 'War of Jenkins Ear' began when Britain exacted revenge on the Spanish for cutting off the ear of Captain Robert Jenkins. Captain preserved the ear and presented it to parliament in 1739. Britain declared war in October 1739, much to the delight of the people. Prime minister Sir Robert Walpole observed 'They may ring their bells now, they will be wringing their hands before too long'.