Portrait: The Rockefeller family

27 May 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Portrait Reading Time:  11 minutes

John D. Rockefeller in 1885

John D. Rockefeller in 1885

The Rockefeller family is an American industrial, political, and banking family that made one of the world’s largest fortunes in the oil business during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with John D. Rockefeller and his brother William Rockefeller primarily through Standard Oil. Their economic rise coincides with the so-called Gilded Age. The family is also known for its long association with and control of Chase Manhattan Bank. They are considered to be one of the most powerful families, if not the most powerful family, in the history of the United States. The first documented ancestor of the Rockefeller’s is Goddard Rockenfeller from Neuwied, Germany. His grandson Johann Peter and grandgrandson Johann Thiel migrated with their families from New Jersey and New York City, where they called themselves Rockefeller.   read more…

The Rhine

7 October 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  9 minutes

Distance marks along the Rhine indicate distances from this bridge in the City of Constance © Achim Lehle

Distance marks along the Rhine indicate distances from this bridge in the City of Constance © Achim Lehle

The Rhine flows from Grisons in the eastern Swiss Alps to the North Sea coast in the Netherlands and is one of the longest and most important rivers in Europe, at about 1,233 km (766 mi), with an average discharge of more than 2,000 m3/s (71,000 cu ft/s).   read more…

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