A Busy Market Square, Copenhagen

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The scene before you gives some notion of the reason for the name of the capital city of Denmark. The word "Copenhagen" (k´pn-h´gn) means "merchants' harbor." And here are buyers and sellers a-plenty in this busy old city. Can you make out what is for sale? Copenhagen is an ancient, island city. A thousand years ago a fishing village stood where the present city now is. The village grew because the harbor is one of the finest on the Baltic Sea. Besides, it is at the western end of the Baltic, and receives ships going into and out of this northern ocean. In time the king of the Danes made it the capital of his country. Now it is a city larger than San Francisco. It is built on two islands separated by a stretch of water called the Haven, where the shipping lies. Here are ships flying the flags of all nations. And here too, are large shipbuilding ways where the vessels are being constructed. The Dames have always been a seafaring people. They invaded England; and Iceland and Greenland are still their colonies. In addition to its commerce, the city is noted for its porcelain works, breweries, sugar refineries, and cloth factories. Much of its trade is carried on with Norway, Sweden, Germany, and Great Britain. The city was once the home of a famous sculptor named Thorwaldsen. One other Dame you probably know about. He is Hans Christian Andersen, the author of fairy tales. The soil of this little land is poor and the climate is severe in winter. Dairying, poultry raising, and sugar beet farming are the chief occupations in the country. Keystone ID: 13082 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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