Guest post by Amy at Stolen Attic
In light of the current political situation of Brexit affecting the UK and large parts of Europe, we thought we would explore some of the history of the UK and its relationships with Europe and other countries around the world. Whether you are Pro-Brexit or Anti-Brexit, for centuries the UK has been connected with other parts of the world, much farther back than any of us have had the grace of living to see. So whether you love it or you hate it, the connections are here to stay.
Some of the key points of Brexit were immigration and trade yet there has been a long standing history of both. Here we cover some light facts on the history of the UK’s international relationships.
The UK as a whole has had settlement of people from all over the world as early as the 1st century with the invasion of the Romans. There was also the Vikings around the 8th century. There was first a Jewish population in the UK around 1070. The first African people to settle in England arrived early in the 16th century, first in London.
In the 16th century there began to be a population of migrants from South Asia. At the start of the 17th Century, the East India Company brought over thousands of South Asian Scholars, many settling with European wives and commencing life on the island. King George I was the King of Great Britain and also King of Ireland from 1 August 1714. Along with being the ruler of the Duchy and Electorate of Hanover, he was born in Hanover (Germany) and spent around a fifth of his reign there. King George II and III all shared similar connections with Germany.
During the 19th Century there was immigration from a number of British Colonies with many being from Eastern Europe and Russia. Queen Victoria’s beloved prince Albert was German. Following his death the Queen's beloved best friend was Indian. There was a surge in popularity in the 19th century for Anglo-Indian decorative arts. The photo above is of an Anglo-Indian Vizagatapam; these decorative boxes were all the rage in the Victorian era and are highly prized antiques of the period today.
Charles Darwin was famed for his studies around the globe and his works saw an interest in the new and exotic discoveries, without this history we would be without many of the beautiful antique treasures we see today.
The World Wars saw migrants enter the UK from a multitude of countries.
Trade is as old as civilisation, before currency trade existed and goods and wares were traded for other goods and wares.
In 1066 England had a number of important economic trade centre towns and were already trading with France, The Netherlands and Germany to name but a few.
As early as the 12th century marketplaces in London were providing consumers with luxury and exotic goods such as spices, weapons, precious gems and textiles such as silks and furs, all of which were a product of international trade.
Integration and trade with different countries has not just shaped but built the history we know today, in the world of antiques and vintage their can be worldly influences felt at each step of the journey, whether we like it or not trade is essential to all countries of the world in order to maintain economic stability, influences and skills that we learn from each other enrich our lives by providing us with the best from all corners of the globe.
At StolenAttic trade and history are at the heart of what we do and what we love!
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