American West

The story of the West is a long one, and formed part of the dispute between the British government and the American colonies before the War of Independence. But the great opening of the West came with the canals and railways of the nineteenth century, in whose development New Yorkers played a prominent role - and this story begins in the 'Niagara' chapter of Rutherfurd's New York.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
As those who have read PARIS will know, the Parisian neighborhood of Les Halles, now known for its vast mall complex, was once the site of the Cimetière des Innocents, Paris’ largest cemetery. What started in the 12th century as a smallish graveyard ballooned to a resting place for over 2 million corpses ! By the 1780’s, the cemetery had become so overfilled and unhygienic that Louis XVI closed it, and ordered all bodies be exhumed and transferred to the Catacombs. Today, only one relic remains from the neighborhood’s eerie past - La Fontaine des Innocents – a fountain built in the sixteenth century which once marked the entrance to the graveyard.




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