SHIFTING POWER IN BRITAIN: c600 AD

c600 AD Political Divisions

Angle and Saxon Impacts

The German tribes increased their attacks on Britain during the fourth century and invaded after the Romans left in the fifth century. The Germans landed in the East and pushed the Britons into the fringe western areas as shown above. Although most of the early settlement names are of Germannic origin, the former geographic names for rivers, mountains, lakes, etc have Celtic origins.

Sadly the Celts remained divided in tribal groups and areas and never made a common front against the newer invaders. Their major tribal groups and their general areas of occupation are shown above.

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