The longest war in recorded history is the Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years War which existed between the Isles of Scilly and the Netherlands. However, this event sounds much more remarkable than it actually was. The ‘declaration’ of war came during the Second English Civil War when Oliver Cromwell and his Parliamentarian forces pushed the Royalist Navy to retreat to the Isles of Scilly, which was under English rule. Allied with England and the Parliamentarian movement, the Netherlands declared war in 1651 but soon after the Royalist forces surrendered, without one single shot being fired. Because of the fleeting, small nature of the war, a declaration of peace was never formally declared. The idea of the two nations being at war became something of an ongoing myth (the Netherlands couldn’t be at war with the Isles without being at war with England, anyway) so the hypothetical war was finally put to rest three centuries later in April 1985 when the dutch ambassador visited the islands to formally sign a long overdue peace treaty.