There are benefits for living on an island, such as the island is harder to invade as the Germans found out during World War II when they failed to land in Britain.
There are also many disadvantages being an island nation, including transportation of people and goods to and from is more cumbersome.
The latter point got partly erased for Britain in 1994 on this day when the Channel Tunnel opened.
The 23.5-mile-long tunnel runs between Calais, France and Folkestone, England in the County of Kent. At its deepest point, it is 380 feet below the sea. The trains carry passengers, their cars and of course lots of freight. The speed limit is 100 miles per hour.
Here is a rather detailed map of the County of Kent from 1777 by Bowen.
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