A photo of the Atlantic Ocean

The Atlantic Ocean is the ocean between Europe and North America in the north and Africa and South America in the south. The Atlantic Ocean was known to the Ancients.

Why the Ocean is called the Atlantic

The Ancient Greek philosopher, Plato wrote about a legendary or fictional island of Atlantis. Plato put this supposed island, Beyond the “Pillars of Hercules.” Many scholars have assumed that the Pillars of Hercules referred to the Straits of Gibraltar. That would have put Atlantis outside the Mediterranean and in the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic got its name from that.

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