Hercules was a Roman god known for his exceptional strength. According to mythology, one of his incredible feats while performing the Twelve Labours was to smash through a mountain range connecting Europe and Africa. This created the Strait of Gibraltar. The water passage between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea is 36 miles long. A promontory in both Morocco and Gibraltar are called the Pillars of Hercules. This monument recognizes the Northern Pillar on The Rock. The relief of the world suggests Hercules’ act also created a portal to the New World. Up until then, people believed the earth ended here.