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Originally posted by MR BOB
reply to post by Merriman Weir
"Brits oppressing the Scotch!"
Who the hell ever said that? thats not common.
Originally posted by infinite
Originally posted by blupblup
We are proud citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Northern Island of Shetland
Is Southern Island the Isles of Scilly?
Okay, I'll stop. I'm having too much fun with geography now.
Originally posted by piedsniper
Sorry but it was the "English" that oppressed the Scots and also the Irish and Welsh. Come to think of it they oppressed almost every bloody people they came in contact with.
Hm perhaps the UK should be renamed the Notunited Kingdom of the oppressor and oppressed.
Originally posted by infinite
In fact, the Romans first arrived in 55BC but that was the failed invasion from Caesar.
43AD was the conquest from Claudius. Britain was in a state of Celtic warfare at the time, and historical debate surrounds the notion of a Celtic king asking for Roman assistance.
Boudicca, Queen of the Iceni, led the infamous revolt in 60AD. Boudicca is what the female icon of Britannia is based on. Don't know how you can forget to mention her during the Roman occupation.
Legend states a descendent of Noah, was the first inhabitant and populated the Islands (a female descendent, in the Celtic myth, went to Ireland) The first king of the Britons, was Brutus of Troy (that is where the word Briton, apparently comes from) Brutus is the grandson or great grandson of Aeneas.
You've glossed over significant events: The Gun power plot, War of the Roses, Spanish Armada, 100 years war with France, Crusades, Glorious Revolution, the reformation, Commonwealth, Magna Carta, Act of Union, Napoleonic Wars, Restoration of the Monarchy, industrial revolution, assassination of Thomas Beckett, The Reform Act, the Suffragettes, American War of Independence, Colonization of India, scramble for Africa, War of 1812, British East Indian Company, the slavery trade, Jamestown Settlement, Peasant Revolt. I can literally list another 100 significant events.
[edit on 3-4-2010 by infinite]
Originally posted by ShadowArcher
This is a rather pointless, and somewhat inflamatory thread. Ok, the fact that Wales, Scotland and NI are part of the UK isn't a difficult concept, but why would Americans know it? I don't know all the states - hell, I couldn't even draw the rough shape of America! I couldn't care less about the structure of a country halfway round the world, why should they? I can see this thread degenerating rapidly into the same old crap of 'we saved your asses' and so on.
Also, I think actually whoever said Britain is just this island (excluding NI) is partially right. Hence, the full name being the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 'Britain' is not officially the correct term for the whole UK. Picking nits, but if you want to lecture the Americans, you should perhaps get it right yourself - and certainly spell it right.