MADRID, Spain -- Ending a 172-year war in which not one shot was fired, the southern Spanish mountain town of Huescar Wednesday made peace with Denmark.
'It is nice to be able to end a war with the world being like it is today,' said Danish Ambassador Mogens Wandel-Petersen.
'We should bury the past,' said Mayor Jose Pablo Serrano.
And what a past.
In 1809, the brother of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was struggling to hold together a shaky reign as King of Spain. In September that year, the Huescar Town Council declared war on Denmark, Napoleon's ally in the French campaign against England.
Napoleon lost his war. King Joseph Bonaparte, nick-named Pepe Botella (Joe the Bottle) for his love of wine, was driven out of Spain. But Huescar stayed at war with Denmark.
An official found the declaration of war earlier this year, and Huescar and Denmark quickly agreed to make peace on Armistice Day celebrating the end of World War I.
An escort met Wandel-Petersen at the city limits of Huescar, tucked away in the foothills of the southeastern La Saga Mountains.
The peace was sealed with an exchange of gifts in the tree-shaded Plaza del Caudillo. Mayor Serrano received a photo of Danish Queen Margrethe and children's books by Hans Christian Andersen. The Danish envoy unveiled street signs on newly named Calle Dinamarca -- Denmark street.
The 10,176 townspeople of Huescar milled around town, enjoying free wine and a day off. Some 5,000 visitors flocked to Huescar, including a busload of Scandinavian women tourists in Viking dress.
'It is not every day an ambassador can conclude a peace treaty,' said Wandel-Petersen.
'Not a shot was fired in this war, but I am still glad it has ended,' said Serrano.
Now treaty buffs wait for Lijar, a village in the same region, to retract its 1883 declaration of war on France, issued after news reached Lijar's mayor that 'a crowd of Frenchmen' had offended King Alfonso XII during a stopover in Paris.