How the Romans Navigated Ancient France From Britain Posted on November 15, 2020March 10, 2021 by Kimball Oconnell Rome was an eponymous city founded circa 753 by Romulus, a twin. Built on seven hills, the City of Rome was governed under a monarchical period until Circa 509 BC, when a system of Republican rule succeeded. In the years preceding Rome’s rise to global economic growth, the majority of military imperialism is important to history. Gaul, present-day France, was a force to be reckoned with, and they proved it. They razed the city of Rome to nothing Circa 390. The years spanning a decade, numerous wars broke out of even military strength between their two nations. In hopes of autonomy of the Rhine River’s borders, the Romans, led by Caesar, by conquest overtook the Gauls mainly due to chaos plus infighting in the Gallic tribes. The victory led to the burnishing of Caesar’s image and did much to his rise in public perception. In the years that supervened, a Roman invasion of Britain ensued, especially after their two nations had kept trade relations with each other. Two attempts at subduing Briton was necessary having the clear dominating prowess the second time was enough. Britons retreated further inland in hopes of containing the Roman forces allowing them an advantage. Rome’s military conquest may have been strategic, but Caesar’s intentions were personal. His invasion of Gaul catapulted him to fame, plus an ensuing increase in influence. The attack on Briton was advantageous to him for his search for valuables like pearls which saw him invite an onslaught of attack on them. Consolidating on his push for relevance, he crossed the English Channel using a fleet of thick wooden vessels to navigate Britain’s waters. What was an eventual conquest of Briton lasted decades circa 40 AD, before which the provincial naval fleet had maintained control of surrounding areas of Rome around Britain. Including Claudius’ lieutenants, there was a three-part posse of crossing expedition into British territory, their sail to Richborough is documented to be the tentative landing spot of the Romans. They made their way from Bologna, just North after they departed from Rome. Richborough Castle held strategic importance to the Romans and Rome’s positioning in the mouth of strategic waterways, it was an even more significant detail as a major port of Brittany. Evidence of landmarks in this site has made for a storied fortification in the belief that the Romans had landed at that exact spot. They built contraptions at Richborough to protect their ships after reaching the river Thames. Claudius was pleased upon conquering what was then a powerful Britain when he made his way to Colchester while the rest of Britain saw its last resolve of opposition flee to Wales to escape whatever fate awaited them. The means of entry into Britain is tentative at best, and numerous accounts have been written on their navigation. Though the British resistance was a vicious tribe that met with a superior civilization at that time, in no match for Rome’s military strength with its control of the English Channel was pivotal circa 40 AD.