Facts you probably didn't know about the English Channel
On this day in 1785, Jean-Pierre Blanchard and John Jeffries crossed the English Channel in a gas balloon
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The English Channel is one of the most recognized waterways on the planet. Separating Southern England from northern France, this is the busiest shipping area in the world, with as many as 500 vessels a day plying the narrow seaway.
The scene of battles, invasions, and heroic deeds of endeavor, the English Channel's location has given it immense significance over the centuries. Seen as both a route and a barrier, this celebrated body of water has a history as complex and as unpredictable as the currents and tides that rip through its depths.
Click through the following gallery for an entertaining and fact-finding voyage around the English Channel.
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