Mayan Capital

The city of Palenque,Abandoned some 2,500 to 3,000 years ago

The city of Palenque,Abandoned some 2,500 to 3,000 years ago

The Maya city-states,based around temples arose some 3,000 years ago.Not literally cities but temple centers establishing others around southwestern Mexico.

Becoming city-states,they flourished vibrantly for 1,400 years.About 650 A.D the Maya literally vanished into the jungle,never to be seen again. They left behind the ruins pictured here.

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Forgotten City

Petra,an ancient trading hub for caravans from Arabia to Rome

Petra,an ancient trading hub for caravans from Arabia to Rome

Petra was once a city known for it’s prominence and was known throughout the mediterranean to be breathtaking.The city is made of red sandstone cliffs,giving this beautiful image a sort of red,orange,brown hue.

There’s something poignant about the bedouin man standing in the shadow with his camel. The human presence sometimes adds more richness to a photograph than any other element. But the beauty of the natural world untouched is also a wonderful thing as well.

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The Empire on which “The Sun Never Set”

Britain at its height was said to be "the empire on which the sun never sets"

Britain at its height was said to be "the empire on which the sun never sets"

The British Empire comprised dominions across the globe,originally colonies and overseas trading posts which in coming times would start to dominate the land on which they settled.Being about the 17th through 19th centuries England amassed the largest empire in history.Until the first world war,with America gradually emerging over England,they held sway over about 500 million people,at that time it was about a quarter of earth’s population.

The Age of Discovery in the 15th and 16th centuries made Spain and Portugal pioneers of  exploration,taking for themselves land along North and South America.England,France and the Netherlands rushed to claim pieces of America as well as Asia.Establishing trade networks throughout the earth.A series of wars between England and an alliance of other European nations left England dominant in North America and India.In 1781 with the complete loss of the thirteen colonies in North America,England,dealt a heavy blow,turned its attention elsewhere.

In 1815 with Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo,England dominated nations across the globe,by the 20th century with the first world war,England started to decline in its power,while America became the largest economically,with rapid innovations in technology that are commonplace today.Gradually,up to the 1990’s  independence movements started,most prominently with India and Mohandas Gandhi.the decline of England would climax in 1999 with Hong Kong being made independent from England’s  governance

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B-25 Empire State Building Plane crash

At 9:40 a.m. on Saturday, July 28, 1945, a B-25 Mitchell bomber, piloted in thick fog by Lieutenant Colonel William Franklin Smith, Jr.,crashed into the north side of the Empire State Building, between the 78th and 80th floors,carving a 18 ft x 20 ft hole in the building; where the offices of the National Catholic Welfare Council were located. One engine shot through the side opposite the impact and flew as far as the next block where it landed on the roof of a nearby building, starting a fire that destroyed a penthouse. The other engine and part of the landing gear plummeted down an elevator shaft. The resulting fire was extinguished in 40 minutes. 14 people were killed in the incident.Elevator operator Betty Lou Oliver survived a plunge of 75 stories inside an elevator, which still stands as the Guinness World Record for the longest survived elevator fall recorded. It is still the only fire at such a height that was ever successfully controlled.Despite the damage and loss of life, the building was open for business on many floors on the following Monday. The crash helped spur the passage of the long-pendingFederal Tort Claims Act of 1946, as well as the insertion of retroactive provisions into the law, allowing people to sue the government for the accident

The crash of a b-25 bomber into the empire state building,14 were killed,26 injured

The crash of a b-25 bomber into the empire state building,14 were killed,26 injured

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