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The White Dragon - Ancient Emblem of the English
The Anglo-Saxon migration to Britain began in the 5th century AD. The most famed of the early migrants were Hengest and Horsa who arrived with their warriors in three ships. In the following years many warriors and settlers crossed the sea and settled lowland Britain from East to West. They came from the Engle (English), the Seax (Saxons) and the Jutes. From the Jutes came the people of Kent and the people of the Isle of Wight and the mainland opposite Wight. From the Saxons came the East Saxons (Essex) and the South Saxons (Sussex) and the West Saxons (Wessex). From Angeln came the East Engle (East Anglia), Middle Engle (English Midlands), Mercians (Mercia), and all the Northumbrians (North of the Humber), which included those now known as the Lowland Scots. These were the people who were to lay the very foundation stones of the country that we now call England and it was in these very earliest of days, well over 1500 years ago, that both the English and the Welsh adopted the dragon as their battle flag.The dragon of the Britons can still be seen in the Red Dragon of the Welsh flag while for the English it was the White Dragon that was to prove most enduring. It has been used as a symbol of the English and in particular the Anglo-Saxons for well over a millennia

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By ant86 at 21:59 on 24/09/12

          
 
      

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