Walmer in Kent, England, United Kingdom
Caesar’s Invasion of Britain
Location. 51° 12.668′ N, 1° 24.175′ E. Marker is in Walmer, England, in Kent. Marker can be reached from The Beach north of Cambridge Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Walmer, England CT14 7, United Kingdom.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 11 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Blériot’s 1909 Landing Site (approx. 10.4 kilometers away).
More about this marker. While it’s not clear when the marker was erected, it surely commemorates the most ancient historical event in this database.
Regarding Caesar’s Invasion of Britain. Having conquered Gaul (France), Julius Caesar decided to take two legions of Roman soldiers (about 10,000 men) on an exploratory expedition to Britain in August, 55 BC. As his fleet came up to the now-famous white cliffs of Dover, Caesar looked for a more favorable landing spot. He sailed “seven miles” along the coast and found an “open and flat shore.” The exact location has long been disputed among historians, nautical experts, and local residents, but in 2008 a research team from Texas State University
High-school students usually read Caesar’s own account of the invasion in their second-year Latin classes.
Also see . . .
1. Sky & Telescope website. Blog item about Caesar's invasion. (Submitted on November 15, 2009, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.)
2. Recent study. Download a PDF from Texas State University. (Submitted on November 15, 2009, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 15, 2009, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 1,343 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 15, 2009, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.