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The World's Shortest Border

In 1492, the people of Spain completed La Reconquista--the seven centuries-long war of liberation of their land. This highly militarized society then launched wars of conquest in far away lands helpfully discovered by Christopher Columbus later that year. Within a century, Spain was a superpower with vast colonies across the world.

Now, what remains of the Spanish Empire is a few small islands and exclaves off the coast of north Africa. Pictured above is one of them: Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera. An international border between Spain and Morocco lies on the 250-foot sandy stretch of land between the rocky peninsula and the mainland.

-via Nag on the Lake | Photo: Ignacio Gavira

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If you went there and said to the people about their sand bridge being 250 feet long they would look at you and say 'feet ? many people have walked here, yes, but more than 250 feet'.Because, like 194 countries of the world's 197, they don't base measurements on an English king's foot, they use metric.They also use Spanish, pero lo que ellos hey !
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