ubikcan

October 29, 2007

USA annexes Canada in new promotional video

Filed under: Geography — ubikcan @ 7:35 am

The United States government claimed part of Canada in a new government tourism video. Time for a geography lesson?

About four minutes into the seven-minute production, viewers are treated to the impressive sight and sound of water roaring over Niagara Falls before the screen shifts to the Lincoln Memorial.

In showing the natural wonder, Disney’s filmmakers, however, chose the Horseshoe Falls, the only one of Niagara’s three waterfalls to lie almost entirely on the Canadian side of the border separating western New York state from southern Ontario province.

Making matters worse, a visitor to the U.S. would not even be able to get the same view of the falls in the video because the scene was shot from a vantage point in Canada, according to Paul Gromosiak, a Niagara Falls, N.Y., historian and author.

Also, he said the video leaves out the two cascades that actually are on U.S. territory, the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls.

“This is not the United States, this is 100 percent Canada, shot from the Canadian side,” Gromosiak said after reviewing the video at the request of The Associated Press. “This is an insult.”

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