Looking at the Channel 4 "The Big Roman Dig" I noticed it said, "The Romans first came to England in 55BC but it wasn't until nearly 100 years after this that they really invaded."
Am I wrong in thinking England didn't exist then?? Isn't this the kind of sloppy lazy terms used by the media and often historians when talking on TV or radio that drives you mad???!!! It doesn't mean anything either - even if they're talking/writing in terms of England currently, are they really meaning just England or again being lazy and sloppy and mean Britain or the British Isles?
I was also watching the Channel 4 Pioneer House the series and explores the history behind the project, quote " It takes you back to the early 17th century, and reveals why the original pioneers left England." Of course they didn't leave from anywhere else in Britain did they (rhetorical). This weeks they had a visit from some "Native Americans" played my real "Native Americans" who made it quite clear to those acting as pioneers for the series that they still felt strongly about the way their land was taken from them by the original pioneers.
The programme write up suggests the USA was built on oppression of the native peoples who suffered a disintegration of their culture, if not by death due to the spread of disease, through the introduction of alcohol and the teaching European ways, especially Christianity [ and the US worry about Islam?]. Secondly it was built on slavery and racial segregation when they decided to kidnap African people from their homeland and brutalize them into doing work they didn't want to do. Really the 4th of July is nothing to celebrate about, but marked a very dark period for many of the ancestors of US citizens .