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A national park is a reserve of land, usually owned by a national government, that is protected from most human development and pollution. The idea of a national park was first articulated in the early 19th century. In 1810 the English poet William Wordsworth described the Lake District as a "sort of national property in which every man has a right and interest who has an eye to perceive and a heart to enjoy". The first effort by any government to set aside such protective lands was in the United States, when President Abraham Lincoln signed an Act of Congress in 1864, ceding the Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias (the heart of which would become the world-famous Yosemite National Park) to the state of California.
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National Parks in Europe Edit
Mainland Europe has 359 designated national parks at the present (July 2006).
Austria: 6 (+ 1 private)
Bosna and Herzegovina: 2
Czech Republic: 4
Denmark: 0 (7 proposed for 2008)
France (European territory only): 6
Moldova: 0 (1 proposed)
Russia (European part only): 26
San Marino: 0
Spain (European territory only): 9
Turkey (European part only): 1
United Kingdom: 14
Source: ENPC database