By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (December 1, 2021) – In Issue 2021-227 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we make a British connection.


On December 1, 1990, Great Britain truly became connected to the Continent when construction workers drilled a hole through the last wall of the Channel Tunnel to connect the two sides.  By the next day, the opening was big enough for workers to cross through and shake hands.

The connection was the result of three years of work, begun at separate ends in England and France, of Europe’s largest engineering project.

Although much work still lay ahead to actually finish the rail transportation planned for the tunnel, the point of connection was celebrated with flags being exchanged, exclamations of “God save the Queen” followed by “Vive la France”, and popping champagne corks.

It is estimated that Great Britain separated from the rest of Europe during the end of the Ice Age about 8000 years ago.

Here is Elwe’s map from 1792 showing the English Channel with the countries surrounding it.

The English Channel – 1792 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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