Angeln facts for kids
Modern Angeln, (Danish: Angel; Latin: Anglia, which also means in direct translation from Latin: England), is a peninsula in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Ancient Angeln may have been somewhat larger than the Angeln of today, but following the ancient sources it included the territory of modern Angeln.
Angeln has an importance far beyond its small area, as it seems to have been the original home of the Angles who invaded the southern part of Great Britain, which was named after them, England. And so the name of the major world language, English, seems to have taken its name from this little region.
Following the departure of the Angles from Anglia about 350, the region was occupied by Danish settlers not later than the 8th century.
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District of Schleswig-Flensburg/Slesvig-Flensborg
Lake Südensee (German) or Søndersø (Danish), a glacial lake in Anglia
From the 9th to the 11th century, Danish was spoken on the peninsulas of Anglia and Swania (red), the Danish Wahld peninsula was uninhabited (grey), Slavic dialects (Polabian) were spoken on the peninsula of Wagria and on the island of Fehmarn (brown), Old Saxon was spoken south of the River Eider (blue-grey), and North Frisian was spoken in North Frisia (yellow).
Flensburg/Flensborg is the largest town in Anglia. View of the borough of Jürgensby/Jørgensby on the Anglian side of the Flensburg Firth.
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