The United States now has five new national monuments!
President Barack Obama used the Antiquities Act, designed to protect unique and historic landmarks, to add special protections to some stunning places from coast to coast.
The sites include some areas you have seen
The other locations include First State National Monument in Delaware. This encompasses about 1,100 acres near Wilmington. Vice President Joe Biden,
The other new monuments are the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland; and San Juan Islands National Monument in Washington state.
Also designated is the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument near Xenia, Ohio. It celebrates the work of Col. Charles Young, a West Point graduate
The president took the executive action after Congress failed to act on bills that would protect and preserve these natural resources. According to the Congressional Research Service, “The Antiquities Act of 1906 authorizes the President to create national monuments on federal lands that contain historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, or other objects of historic or scientific interest.” U.S. presidents have proclaimed about 130 monuments.