National Geographic : 1928 Oct
Photograph by Donald McLeish THROUGH 300-YEAR-OLD GOTEBORG (GOTHENBURG) SWEDEN TRADES WITH THE WORLD Owing largely to its magnificent situation near the mouth of the Gota River, Goteborg long since surpassed thecapital, Stockholm, incommercial and maritime importance, and its miles of wharves and quays are used by the ships of all nations. This shipping metropolis was founded bythe soldier-king, Gustavus Adolphus. As he was scanning the estuary of the Gota River, a small bird chasedbyaneagle flew tohis feet forsafety, and the king, considering this a good omen, ordered a city to be built in the valley below. It is the western terminus fortheGota Canal (see pages 454 and 455). In the left center is a large floating dock.