CANTIACII (or CANTII)   (Map)

This tribe occupied the south-eastern corner of Britain, probably from the second century BC. Its territory traditionally comprised Kent, eastern Surrey, East Sussex and London south of the Thames. Like many of their neighbours in the south-east, the Cantii were Belgic people from the North Sea or Baltics. They formed a recognisable territory which may not have been a single unified kingdom until the start of the first century AD, but which instead appears to have been several smaller kingdoms which operated as a confederation in times of trouble. The four individuals who flourished around 55 BC may have been rulers of each of the Cantiaci kingdoms; Julius Caesar recorded the Cantii as having four leaders who were kings in their own right.

 

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