Every country has special events, which defines what it has become today. In this article, I will concentrate on Britain. The United Kingdom has undergone several revolution and evolutions, which has shaped its history. Here are 7 most important events in the British history.
The Roman Conquest of Britain
In AD 43, Emperor Claudius led the Romans to conquer Britain. Julius Caesar initiated the battle in 55 B.C. The Romans diverse several means by using different legions to invade parts of Southern Britain. Since then, the Roman conquest has become part of British history.
The Battle of the Winwaed
The battle of the Winwaed was a battle between religions. The battle was between, Oswiu, a Christian King of Northumbria and King Penda of Mercia who was promoting paganism among his coalition in England and Whales. The battle was fought in the riverbanks of Winwaed. King Oswiu promised the Lord that he would build 12 monasteries if he won the battle. This led to the Christian dominance in England and Whales.
The Battle of Stamford Bridge
After the Romans Conquest, Britain was to choose between Western Europe or the Nordic Arc. This event led to the battler of Stanford Bridge in 1066. The battle was fought between the English army under King Harold Godwinson and the Norwegian force led by King Harald Hardrada. This battle ended the Viking age in Britain.
The Slave Trade Act
The slave trade act was passed by the Parliament of the United Kingdom in 1807. This was to end all forms of slavery in Britain. The act also encouraged other European countries to end the slave trade. The campaign started in 1787 after the Evangelical English Protestants initiated a Committee for the Abolition of Slave Trade.
The Edwardian Conquest of Wales
During the rule of Edward I, he harboured a great dislike for the Celts. With this, he led three separate campaigns against Wales. The first one was in 1277, where he sent the English army to the North Wales Coast. During the second campaign, he had to call on parliament before waging war. This led to the democracy in England.
The Battle of Waterloo
During the French Revolution, Napoleon Bonaparte took advantage to seize power. He led his army to conquer several parts of Europe. However, in 1815, the British led an allied of Armies to defeat Napoleon and the French army. This war became known as the Battle of Waterloo.
World War I is another important event in the British history. Britain and its allies including Russia, France, and Italy fought against the Central Powers. The war, which started in 1914, saw the death of nine million soldiers and seven million civilians.