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Why Did Caesar Come To Britain

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Why Did Ceaser Come To Britain? Were His Visits A Success Or A Failure? Why Did Ceaser Come To Britain I think Ceaser came to Britain to gain the people's respect. I believe he thought that if he could take lots of land and send back slaves he would be worshipped. Even better would be to take somewhere where Rome had never been before. I think Ceaser wanted to become a leader of the people. But they didn't really enough respect him enough yet. His needed something big to get there. Ceaser Before The Attack In 58 BC, Julius Caesar became governor and military commander of the Roman province of Gaul, which included France, Belgium, and some of Switzerland, Holland, and Germany west of the Rhine. For the eight years, Caesar led quite a few military campaigns. The story has been kept in Caesar's diary, Commentaries on the Gallic Wars, which was published in 50 BC. In the first century BC, Britain was settled by Iron Age collonies, many with roots in Britain, and others closely related to tribes of northern France . Commerce was good at the time, population was quite big, and at least seven different British tribes had their own coinages. ...read more.


The same storm seriously damaged many of the Roman ships on the beach at Deal. This meant Caesar's initial landing force having no cavalry, which limited the moving of the 55 BC operations. It was also unfortunate for the planned exploration since there were no cavalry and without them transport was slow. Also the British forces began new attacks. So the Roman legions had to make do in a coastal area which they found both politically hostile, and naturally fertile. The need to procure food locally meant scouting into the nearby countryside. Caesar reports big grain crops along a heavily populated coastline. After repairing most of the ships, Caesar ordered a return to Gaul, and finishing the exploration of 55 BC. The second Roman expedition to Britain (54 BC) The next year saw the Romans return with a much larger expedition to Britain, with a total of 800 ships used to transport five legions and 2000 horses. They sailed from Boulogne at night on July 6, and landed unopposed the next day on the beach between Deal and Sandwich. When seeing the large size of the Roman force, the British fell inland to higher ground. ...read more.


This attack failed. Cassivellaunus then gave up. The Roman legions left Britain in early September, 54 BC. They didn't return again for 97 years, when the invasion of Claudius in AD 43 began the real Roman conquest of Britain. Deal Beach in Kent. This shoreline near Walmer Castle is probably in the area where Julius Caesar and his troops landed during the two Roman atacks at Britain of 55 and 54 BC. The beach is shingle and not sand. Were His Visits A failure Or A Success? The answer to this really depends on the way you look at this. On the one hand he didn't take over England so it would seem like a failure. But he did kill quite a few people in England over the battles that he was here. On the other hand people could look at it as a success. Caesar's two expeditions provided basic information on the terrain, inhabitants, and political, economic and militarytactics of Britain. They showed that Britain was way out of date and their military was not very good. Now the Romans knew that Britain wasn't a threat and they could take it if they wanted. If it was me I would look back on it as a victory. By Daniel Barnes Word Count: 1282 ...read more.

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