Find out surprising facts about the world’s borders. All travel fans will be shocked to learn how long the international borders have been there for.
The oldest border in North America was set in 1763 between New York State and Quebec. The oldest border in the New World was set by the 1494 Treaty of Tordesillas. The oldest border in the world is the one dividing Andorra from France and Spain, drawn in 1278. The overall average border year of birth for Europe is a whole lot younger than that: 1777. Asia’s oldest border divides Turkey from Iraq and was defined by a treaty signed in 1639 when the Ottoman Empire sacked Baghdad. Years of colonization have changed and shaped the borderlines in Africa. We don’t see any lines in Australia because it is and has always been the only country on its continent. 7 countries sliced up Antarctica like a pie.
33.6% of the world’ borders are younger than a century, and about half of all the current international dividing lines were set in the 20th century. The world’s borders keep moving and changing.
North America 0:57
South America 2:03
Summing it all up 7:38
-The average border age for North America is 156 years.
-The ages of the different borders in South America vary but stay within the 18th – 20th century timeframe.
-The world’s oldest border is the one dividing Andorra from France and Spain.
-The average age of borders in the African continent is 111 years.
-We don’t see any borders in Australia because it is and has always been the only country on its continent.
-7 countries sliced Antarctica up like a pie.
-33.6% of the world’ borders are younger than a century, and about half of all the current international dividing lines were set in the 20th century.
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