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UNESCO World Heritage Site #117: Independence Hall

Posted by on August 14, 2010

UNESCO World Heritage Site #117: Independence Hall

UNESCO World Heritage Site #117: Independence Hall

From the World Heritage inscription:

The Declaration of Independence was adopted in 1776 in this fine 18th century building in Philadelphia, to be followed in 1787 by the framing of the Constitution of the United States of America. Although conceived in a national framework and hence of fundamental importance to American history, the universal principles of freedom and democracy set forth in these documents were to have a profound impact on lawmakers and political thinkers around the world. They became the models for similar charters of other nations, and may justly be considered to have heralded the modern era of government.

Independence Hall is one of the few cultural World Heritage sites in North America which is not related to native americans. Visiting the site is very easy as it is in the city center of Philadelphia. Within walking distance you can also see a number of other historical attractions including the Liberty Bell, Ben Franklin’s home and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from the Revolutionary War.

View my complete list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites

8 things you might not have known about Newfoundland

Posted by on August 14, 2010

Flag of Newfoundland and LabradorAfter a surprisingly pleasant 5 hour ferry ride form North Sydney, Nova Scotia I have arrived on the shores of Newfoundland. It is an interesting place with an interesting history. Here are some things about Newfoundland you might not know:

1) Newfoundland used to be an independent country. In 1907 Newfoundland was given dominion status by the UK along with New Zealand, Australia and Canada. It remained on an equal status until 1949 when it joined the Canadian confederation.

2) Almost everyone pronounces Newfoundland wrong. On the ferry over we were told by a native Newfie how to pronounce the word. You can know the correct pronunciation by knowing the following simple rhyme: understand Newfoundland. The “land” part is pronounced like “land” not “lund”.
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