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The "Don Pacifico" conflict between Great Britain and Greece erupts over riot damage in Athens

Greece, 1857, zoomable map
01/17/1850
Eager to show its defense of British commercial interests around the globe, Great Britain demanded that the Greek government pay David Pacifico, a Jewish merchant and British citizen, for property destroyed by an anti-Semitic mob in Athens.  When Greece refused, Prime Minister Lord Palermston sent the British navy to seize Greek ships, sparking a short-lived international crisis known as the "Don Pacifico Affair." (By Brian Bockelman)
Source Citation: 
Hansard's Parliamentary Debates, Third Series, vol. 4 (London:  Cornelius Buck, 1850), 240.

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