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Roompot

Roompot: possible location of a Roman fort along the North Sea shore.

In 173, the Chauci, a tribe that lived in what is now called Groningen and Ostfriesland, and was well-known for its sea-faring qualities, attacked what is now called Flanders. The governor of Gallia Belgica, Didius Julianus, defeated them. The Roman government responded by building several forts along the coast of what is now Zuid-Holland, Zeeland and West-Vlaanderen.The presence of a fort can be deduced from Roman roof tiles found at a place called De Roompot. 

It is likely that the original fort was at some stage replaced by a heavily fortified castle, and we may assume that this happened in the fourth century.

This page was created in 2003; last modified on 24 September 2014.