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Fall of Niagara

Fall of Niagara

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1740

Shelfmark: 121

Item number: 118.a

Genre: Topographical Print

View of Niagara Falls. The waterfall is actually made up of three separate cascades- the America Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls and the Horseshoe or Canadian Falls, collectively they are known as Niagara Falls. They are situated on the Niagara River on the border between America and Canada. The name is thought to derive fro a native American word meaning ‘Thunder of waters’. The falls were first discovered in the 17th century by a French explorer, Father Louis Hennepin. The falls stand to a height of approximately 176 feet (rocks at the foot of the fall mean that the cascade is only about 70 feet) but they are very wide and are the world’s most voluminous waterfall.

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