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Origin of Britons

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, which was originally compiled on the orders of King Alfred the Great in approximately A.D. 890, and subsequently maintained and added to by generations of anonymous scribes until the middle of the 12th Century, starts with this sentence: “The island Britain is 800 miles long, and 200 miles broad, and there are in the island five nations; English, Welsh (or British), Scottish, Pictish, and Latin. The first inhabitants were the Britons, who came from Armenia, and first peopled Britain southward”.("Armenia" is probably a mistaken transcription of Armorica, an area in Northwestern Gaul.) [1]

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  1. The Avalon Project, http://avalon.law.yale.edu/medieval/ang01.asp publisher=Yale Law School accessdate=10 August 2011