A Brief History
On August 24, 1743, the army of Sweden surrendered to the Russians at Helsinki, effectively ending The War of the Hats. (We have previously discussed odd names for wars, battles and weapons, as well as riots.)
This particular war actually had nothing to do with hats, as in coverings for your head, but rather the name of a Swedish political party that sought to regain Swedish lands lost to Russia during the Great Northern War.
As with many wars, the country that started this one, Sweden, was ultimately sorry they had done so, as Sweden ended up losing even more territory to Russia. The War of the Hats lasted from 1741 to 1743, ending with Treaty of Åbo. Oddly enough, Abo is the Swedish name for a city that is now in Finland, Turku.
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For more information, please see…
Surhone, Lambert, editor. Russo-Swedish War (1788–1790): Russo- Swedish War (1741–1743), Russo- Swedish War (1656–1658). Betascript Publishing, 2010.
von Kienlin, Sabine. Sweden (Spectacular Places). Koenemann; None edition, 2020.
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