Category: Americas

Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman is the largest of the three Cayman Islands. Grand Cayman encompasses 76% of the territory’s entire land mass. The island is approximately 35 km long with its widest point being 13 km wide.


The Panama Canal is an artificial 77 km waterway in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. The canal cuts across the Isthmus of Panama and is a key conduit for international maritime trade. There are locks at each end to lift ships up to Gatun Lake, an artificial lake created to reduce the amount of excavation work required for the canal.


Cartagena was founded on June 1, 1533, and named after Cartagena, Spain, which in turn was named after Carthage in Tunisia. Settlement in the region around Cartagena Bay by various indigenous people dates back to 4000 BC. It is the fifth-largest city in Colombia and the second largest in the region.


Oranjestad is the capital and largest city of Aruba. Oranjestad is located on the southern coast near the western end of the island country. In the local language, Papiamento, Oranjestad is often referred to simply as “Playa”. As of 2015, the population of the capital was around 35,000.

New York

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Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls that straddle the international border between Ontario, Canada and New York, USA. The features that became Niagara Falls were created by the Wisconsin glaciation about 10.000 years ago. The same forces also created the North American Great Lakes and the Niagara River.