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From the Declaration of Independence at Independence Hall, through to tech solutions of Silicon Valley; America has shaped the world we live in, all the while shaping its own identity through the iconic buildings and structures that chart the nation’s history.
Through bustling ports and strategic forts; cultural quirks and cathedrals of commerce, this episode of Empire Builders tells the incredible story of the United States through ten key historic sites.
Our story starts in the humble surrounds of a meeting hall in Philadelphia, with the Thirteen Colonies declaring independence from the United Kingdom.
In the story of America’s conquest of the west, no chapter burns more brightly in the American conscious than the battle of the Alamo, with Davy Crockett’s legendary last stand confirming the small Spanish Mission’s place in history.
With the continent settled, it was soon to be linked by the fantastically ambitious Transcontinental Railroad. Fast becoming the most powerful nation on earth, the US now expanded its strategic and military horizons beyond its borders, taking over the Hawaiian Kingdom and then the Philippines, Puerto Rico and part of Cuba from Spain after the Spanish-American War in 1898. Then the huge Panama Canal project made transit of ships between the American continents possible for the first time.
After success in WWII, the cold war raged, but with the collapse of the Soviet Union the United States became the world’s only superpower.
Using CGI, contributions from experts in their fields and re-enactments, we walk the ruins, discover the story behind, and explore the historic sites of:
- Independence Hall, Philadelphia
- Washington monument, Washington DC
- The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas
- Grand Central Station, New York
- Homestead Steel Mill, Pittsburgh
- The Panama Canal, Panama
- The Empire State Building, New York
- Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles
- Johnson Space Center, Huston
- Apple Park, Palo Alto, California
Runtime: 50 minutes per show
FORMAT: H.264 MP4 *Plays on Roku, AppleTV, Playstation, Xbox, Chromecast, Mac, PC, Cell Phone, or Tablet
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