Panama Canal

History Before the Panama Canal was created, ships and merchants from Europe and Eastern America had to sail around the tip of South America to reach western Asian countries such as China, Japan and India. In 1881, a French company led by Ferdinand de Lesseps began construction on the canal.…

Niagara Falls

History Niagara Falls is a combination of three separate waterfall systems flowing along the Niagara River from Lake Erie into Lake Ontario. Together, the three waterfall systems form the highest water flow rate in the world. The three waterfalls combine for an astounding 165 feet drop. The most recognizable and…

Dead Sea

History References to the Dead Sea have appeared in many different books in the bible. King David used the Dead Sea as a place of refuge. It also appeared in Greek and Arabic texts and is considered one of the first health spas for its nourishing and body replenishing powers.…

Petra

History Petra is known as the Rose Red City after the rock coloration the city is carved in to. Located in modern day Jordan, Petra was once the crossroads of trade linking the silk and spice trade routes of China and India to Mediterranean countries such as Egypt, Rome, Greece…

Machu Picchu

History When Hiram Bingham discovered Machu Picchu in 1911, he revealed an untouched portion of the Incan civilization. Machu Picchu, pronounced MAH-choo PEEK-choo, is located approximately 50 miles northwest of the Incan capital Cusco, on a small remote mountain top overlooking the Urubamba Valley. Macho Picchu is divided into three…

Taj Mahal

History Shah Jahan was emperor during one of the most prosperous periods in the Mughal Empire's history. In 1631, the beloved third wife of Shah Jahan, Mumtaz Mahal, passed away while giving birth to their 14th child. To show his love for Mumtaz, Shah Jahan comissioned the building of the…
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