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Top 10 Devon and Cornwall by John Plumer

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Moments in History

1. 50–55 AD: Roman Invasion

The Romans occupied Exeter and established a strong garrison there without penetrating further west, where Celtic tribes held sway. The region benefited from the Roman occupation, though few vestiges of that culture remain.

2. 6th and 7th Centuries: Anglo-Saxon Settlements

During Roman withdrawal, Saxon tribes began to settle in the region, but made little headway against the Celtic tribes, whose strongholds were concentrated in Cornwall. The Arthurian legends are probably derived from the exploits of one of the Celtic chieftains, who continued to resist the Anglo-Saxons.

3. 11th to 16th Centuries: ...

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