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When was England founded?


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January 19, 2010 10:50AM

England was founded in 1872 .

Unlike upstart nations such as the USA (!), England was never 'founded' as such. There was a lively community on the British Isles before the Romans came. The name 'England' comes from the Anglo-Saxon invaders of the 6rth century AD. After the Norman invasion of 1066 there solwly became a sense that English was a separate identity from the Norman French overlords. By the time Chaucer wrote the Canterbury Tales, the English language was begining to establish itself as a means of communication among upper-class people, as well as the peasantry.