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ESWH Chapter 1 The foundation Stones The Island Britain is an Island and its history has been closely connected to the sea The seas saved Britain from danger Strong national sense have been developed by the sea Britains prehistory Britain has not always been an island The ice age wasnt one cold period Our first evidence of human life is a few stone tools dating from 250000 BC Britain was hardly habitable until another milder period around 50000 BC During this period a new type of human seemed to have arrived They look similar to normal people but they were smaller and had a life span of only thirty years Around 10000 BC Britain was peopled by groups of hunters gatherers and fishers Around 5000 BC Britain has become an island There were several invaders The first people to invade were people from either spain or north-africa They were small and dark and knew how to make pottery After 2400 BC new groups of people arrived in Britain they were round-headed and strongly built They became leaders of British society Around 700 BC They Celts arrived in Britain They came from central Europe and they were technically advanced They could make weapons from Iron These are the ancestors of many of the people in Scotland Wales Ireland and Cornwall Last Celtic arrivals were the belgian Tribes The Romans arrived in 55 BC They brought the skills of reading and writing to Britain The Romans could not conquer Scotland The Anglo-Saxons Invaded in the fifth century AD The Vikings in 865 AD Roman Life The Romans had a good influence on British life The people learned how to speak Latin Greek and learned how to write The Romans came to Britain because they could use the British food for their army with the Gauls Most obvious characteristic were the towns They were the bases of Roman civilisation
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