5 Facts About English Channel

1. The English Channel formed around 10,000 years ago when the last ice age ended.

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2. The English Channel is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, with 600 tankers and 200 ferries passing through every day.

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3. The English Channel Crossing Association was set up at about this time to cater for unorthodox crossings.

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4. In more peaceful times the English Channel served as a link joining shared cultures and political structures, particularly the huge Angevin Empire from 1135 to 1217.

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5. Until the 18th century, the English Channel had no fixed name either in English or in French.

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