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Corsica. 1 / Ferdinand Gregorovius ; traduction de P. Lucciana…
Date de l’édition originale : 1883-1884
Sujet de l’ouvrage : Corse (France) — Histoire

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However, the success of such assimilation has recently been called into question. The name « France » etymologically derives from the word Francia, the territory of the Franks. The Franks were a Germanic tribe that overran Roman Gaul at the end of the Roman Empire. Over the next six centuries, the two cultures intermingled, creating a hybridized Gallo-Roman culture. The Gaulish language is thought to have survived into the 6th century in France, despite considerable Romanization of the local material culture. The Vulgar Latin in the region of Gallia took on a distinctly local character, some of which is attested in graffiti, which evolved into the Gallo-Romance dialects which include French and its closest relatives.

With the decline of the Roman Empire in Western Europe, a federation of Germanic peoples entered the picture: the Franks, from which the word « French » derives. The Franks were Germanic pagans who began to settle in northern Gaul as laeti, already during the Roman era. By the early 6th century the Franks, led by the Merovingian king Clovis I and his sons, had consolidated their hold on much of modern-day France, the country to which they gave their name. In the roughly 900 years after the Norman invasions France had a fairly settled population. On 30 December 1687 a community of French Huguenots settled in South Africa. Most of these originally settled in the Cape Colony, but have since been quickly absorbed into the Afrikaner population.