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Explain how the war between Lilliput and Blefuscu began.  

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Posted October 12, 2009 at 12:44 AM via web

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Explain how the war between Lilliput and Blefuscu began.

 

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 12, 2009 at 1:50 AM (Answer #1)

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In Daniel Defoe's novel Gulliver's Travels, Gulliver becomes involved in the long-standing dispute between the tiny citizens of Lilliput and the nearby island nation of Blefuscu. The conflict between the two nations of little people began long before when one of the Lilliputian emperors determined that eggs could only be broken on the small end. Some Lilliputians rebelled against this doctrine, and Blefuscu entered the conflict since the natives of Blefuscu--also known as "Big-Endians"--believed that eggs should only be broken on the big end. The two nations had been at war ever since.

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