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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Travelling places...

I have discovered (through Shyha, whose photos are truly amazing) a blog called Durham Township.

The photos are some of the best I have ever seen. Colours that warm the cockles of your heart.
It is endearingly strange (or strangely endearing) how British place names have travelled to the US.
This Durham is not very far from Washington the same as their British counterparts. Durham City is only about 10 miles from Washington (Tyne & Wear) supposedly the place that gave birth to the ancestors of the first US president George Washington.

Can anyone think of other placenames that travelled far and wide across the pond or are they too many to mention?
I can think of at least one: birthplace of the KING, Memphis all the way from Egypt!


Blogger Shyha said...

The Durham Township is really amazing. It moved my senses a lot. It shows nothing more than rural USA but the important thing is HOW!
It shows grass, dirt and people working hard in such a magical and mysterious way. It's certainly one of my most beloved places throughout the whole internet!

13/10/05 8:29 PM  
Blogger Ale said...

so true, i didnt realize quite how many place names have come over from Britain untill i read Vanity Fair-- now many little streets are named after these famous streets in London

14/10/05 1:58 AM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Oh we have too many in the Caribbean, we were after all, British colonies, and they brought their names too. Yes, too many to mention.

We have a fair amount of French and Dutch names here too, Guyana was owned by the Dutch, the French, the Brits.

14/10/05 2:57 AM  
Blogger DCveR said...

I guess there are too many of those. Most of the world was once "owned" by one European country or another, or in some cases by one and then by another like GG mentioned. You can find Portuguese place names all over the world. There are several Lisbons in the US alone, and they weren't even c olony of ours. You have to take into account the emmigration also.

14/10/05 8:37 AM  
Blogger Shyha said...

There's even at least one Warsaw in US.

14/10/05 8:46 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Thank you all for your responses. I have posted a follow-up that may stir even more comments.
Shyha, thanks for helping us discover Durham Township.

14/10/05 9:49 AM  

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