I came across an interesting book today, titled “Historical views of Devonshire” by Richard Polwhele (1793).
In his book Polwhele argues that the first inhabitants of Britain came from Armenia. And specifically settled in the South Britain’s Devon or Devonshire as it’s also called. Let’s examine some of the arguments mentioned in the book.
Polwhele introduces his theory by saying: “That the original inhabitants of Danmonium were of eastern origin, and, in particular, were Armenians, is a position which may, doubtless, be supported by some show of authority.” Danmonium being the Latin name for Davon. He goes on to explain:
“Let us consider the testimony of one of our chronicles, which speaks to the point of the Armenian emigration. The Saxon Chronicle positively asserts, that “the original inhabitants of Britain came from Armenia, and that they seated themselves in the…
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