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  1. The Dutch were occupied by Spain for quite awhile. It wasn't until 1648 that the Spanish recognized the independence of the Netherlands. So this could have been a Dutch trading vessel flying Spanish colors and carrying Spanish coin the wrecked off Australia.


    Okay I know wikipedia isn't to be trusted too much but in this case I think we can trust wikipedia. Link to Netherlands history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netherlands#History


    Dutch traders were trading in, what today is Indonesia, during the 1590' atleast.

  2. There is actually a theory that vikings travled all the way to South America and there established themselfs as the Inca nobility. There is a book about it "Drakkars sur l'Amazone (Drakkars on the Amazone)" by Jacques de Mahieu but I dont know how much you can belive the theory when the author served in Waffen-SS during WW2 and after the war have written several books with strong white surpremecy tendencies.

  3. What are Limes? I know I'm really showing my ignorance here, but I was wondering why the legions would be responsible for guarding green citrus fruit. :lol: Then I realized you must be talking about something else. :thumbsup:


    Speaking of the green citrus fruit, were they known in Rome at all?


    Limes are the border fortification that existed along the Rhine, Donube, Syria, the border between roman held britian and pict held britain, and africa. Here is wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limes

  4. You are quite right Kosmo. I forgot to mention that the article was refering to the land fortification between Rhine and Donube but when it comes to time it dont goes into specific and when it comes to the number 40,000 legioneers it just says that was the number that was staioned there constantly.


    I have allways come to belive that legioneers when not in combat they either trained or was involved in building projects. Such "low" tasks as patroling the border was left to the auxilaries.


    The magazine is "Illustrerad Vetenskap nr 7/2007" it is a scandinavian science magazine.

  5. I have just read through a science magazine I get once a month and this month there was a article about the limes in Germany.


    Although the article was good I get a feeling they miss something when they talk about the number of soldiers guarding the lime. They write that 40,000 legioneers protected the lime but I, with my not very great but still considerble knowledge of the roman army, doubt that legioneers did the work of patroling the limes on a daily basis as that would be more a work for the auxiliaries. When they say 40,000 legioneers I think that atleast as many auxiliaries was guarding the limes. Am I wrong?

  6. Hello and welcome.

    An initial starting point might be the two Osprey titles "Roman Auxiliary Cavalryman " (AD 14 -193) and "Rome's Northern Frontier" AD 70 -235. If you flick through the Gallery area I have an "Historic sites " album which will lead you to some annotated images on the Hadrianic defences and some further notes on various Auxilliae.Thats just for basic starters.




    this link takes you to a neat little site with auxilliae linked to location in Britain.


    Which continent are you on by the way?


    Geat! thanks! i will look through the site more closly when I have the time.


    Well I live in Sweden so it would be the european continent.

  7. I have now for some time wondered about the life of the auxilla in a border fort. I remember seeing pictures of auxillary troops stationed in a tower on border wall (limes) and that got me wondering, how long did they stay in a border tower?


    Is there any books/internet sites that tells about the life of the auxillary troops?


    P.S. Moderators I didn't really know where to put my question so please feel free to move it or delete it.