In the previous days, an extended, lengthy whereas in the past, ahead of Our Saviour used to be born in the world and lay asleep in a manger, those Islands have been within the comparable position, and the stormy sea roared around them, simply because it roars now. however the sea used to be now not alive, then, with nice ships and courageous sailors, crusing to and from all components of the area. It used to be very lonely. The Islands lay solitary, within the nice expanse of water. The foaming waves dashed opposed to their cliffs, and the awful winds blew over their forests; however the winds and waves introduced no adventurers to land upon the Islands, and the savage Islanders knew not anything of the remainder of the realm, and the remainder of the area knew not anything of them.
It is meant that the Phœnicians, who have been an historical humans, well-known for wearing on exchange, got here in ships to those Islands, and located that they produced tin and lead; either very beneficial issues, as you recognize, and either produced to this very hour upon the sea-coast. the main celebrated tin mines in Cornwall are, nonetheless, just about the ocean. one in all them, which i've got noticeable, is so as regards to it that it really is hollowed out beneath the sea; and the miners say, that during stormy climate, after they are at paintings down in that deep position, they could listen the noise of the waves thundering above their heads. So, the Phœnicians, coasting in regards to the Islands, could come, with out a lot trouble, to the place the tin and lead were.
The Phœnicians traded with the Islanders for those metals, and gave the Islanders another beneficial issues in alternate. The Islanders have been, at the start, terrible savages, going nearly bare, or in simple terms wearing the tough skins of beasts, and marking their our bodies, as different savages do, with colored earths and the juices of crops. however the Phœnicians, crusing over to the other coasts of France and Belgium, and announcing to the folks there, ‘We were to these white cliffs around the water, that you can see in nice climate, and from that nation, referred to as Britain, we convey this tin and lead,’ tempted a number of the French and Belgians to return over additionally. those humans settled themselves at the south coast of britain, that's now referred to as Kent; and, even though they have been a coarse humans too, they taught the savage Britons a few precious arts, and stronger that a part of the Islands. it really is possible that folks came to visit from Spain to eire, and settled there.
Thus, through little and little, strangers turned combined with the Islanders, and the savage Britons grew right into a wild, daring humans; virtually savage, nonetheless, particularly within the inside of the rustic clear of the ocean the place the international settlers seldom went; yet hardy, courageous, and strong.
The entire nation used to be lined with forests, and swamps. The higher a part of it used to be very misty and chilly. there have been no roads, no bridges, no streets, no homes that you'd imagine deserving of the identify. A city was once not anything yet a set of straw-covered huts, hidden in a thick wooden, with a ditch all around, and a low wall, made up of dust, or the trunks of bushes put one upon one other. the folk planted very little corn, yet lived upon the flesh in their flocks and farm animals. They made no cash, yet used steel jewelry for cash. They have been smart in basket-work, as savage humans usually are; and so they can make a co...
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