Originally Posted by WhiteLotus
Erm nope. The true "english" are modern day Cornish.
There are no true English lol.
Pre Roman English, Would indeed be Cornish, But very few would have migrated from england to actually go there. Most would have just become romanised. Having little or no funding to move, A poor native road infrastructure and no real way to travel most would have just accepted the change. The ones that didn't were either brutally killed. Or sold as slaves back into Europe.
The Cornish were not invaded because Rome originally wanted England for it's grain production. Cornwall, Wales and Scotland are all pretty rugged, Open to the elements, and not the best producers of grains. Spain was romes tin supplier and it wasn't until Rome fell into decline that they looked to Cornwall for tin. By that time the people of England were already taking the land back. And Rome was pulling back to mainland Europe.
However there are still Roman villas found throughout Cornwall. This is probably due to the villas been in fashion, rather than been a political gesture.
As for true English, England has been occupied several times by several nations and indeed the original population of England was once migrants from mainland Europe who moved over when the ice sheet from the last ice age started to reveal land. England has always had strong connections with migration in Europe and It's not an exclusive club!
Indeed to be English is to take the best from other nations and make it your own.
The Anglo Saxons (germans) came later and took over the lands, because of wealth, They they assimilated with the local population. At the same time you have the Jutes from france, and the Danes From Scandinavian. The Danes were already trading with most of the world at this point. And the Danes settled because of a lack of growing land in Scandinavia....
LOL it's really hard to even try explain England... My girlfriend has a degree in archaeology and even she trips up!