Before Britain became the superpower it stands to be, it shifted through many hands. Humans have inhabited the island for more than 30,000 years, with the true civilization starting in the Iron Age with a people called Britons. Romans conquered and controlled the island for 500 years, when invading Germanic tribes fought for land. They divided the land into Scotland and England. Then, during the 10th century, Normans conquered England. These French elite ruled until the 16th century. On October 20th, 1604, King James became the first true ruler of both countries, however each remained its own country until 1707, when the Treaty of the Union unified the parliament. It wasn’t until the 18th century that England rose to become the world’s colonial power, rivaled by France. This was the start of a long line of tensions and conflicts.
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