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Who lived in Roman Britain?



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  • The people who lived in Britain before the Romans arrived were called Celts. The Celts lived in several countries in Western Europe. The ones in Britain are therefore often called Britons after their country.
  • The Romans invaded Britain in AD 43 and ruled for almost 400 years.
  • During that time people from all over the Roman Empire came to trade with and to live in Britain.
  • These people may have come from Gaul (now called France), Espania (now called Spain), Italy (where true Romans came from the city of Rome), Greece, North Africa or the Middle East.
  • Many of them married local Britons and had children.

 

  • Over the centuries, the people of Britain ended up with mixed bloodlines. However, they were still Britons living a Roman way of life. So they are usually called Romano-Britons or the Romano-British.

 Click to find out: How the Romans ended up leaving Britain.
 

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