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What are the advantages and disadvantages of a Roman rule/empire in Britain (United Kingdom)?

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Prior to the Roman invasion, Iron Age Britain already had cultural and economic links with Continental Europe, but the invaders introduced new developments in agriculture, urbanization, industry and architecture, leaving a legacy that is still apparent today. Historical records beyond the initial invasion are sparse, although many Roman historians mention Britannia in passing, and the names of many of its governors are known. Most knowledge of Roman Britain stems from archaeological investigations and especially epigraphic evidence. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Britain ----------------- Legacy
Roman roadsDuring their occupation of Britain the Romans built an extensive network of roads which continued to be used in later centuries and many are still followed today.
The Romans also built water supply, sanitation and sewage systems.
Many of Britain's major cities, such as London (Londinium), Manchester (Mamucium) and York (Eburacum), were founded by the Romans.
Britain is also noteworthy as having the largest European region of the former Roman Empire that currently speaks neither (as a majority language):
A Romance language (although English has had a heavy influence from French, this was due primarily to the Norman Conquest of England), nor
A language descended from the pre-Roman inhabitants (such as Greek), though Welsh exists as a minority language, with many borrowings from Latin, such as llaeth ("milk"), ffenestr ("window"). The Cornish language also survived into the early modern period and is currently undergoing some revival.
Significant Germanic migration to Britain seems to have taken place only after the coming of the Romans. The Germanic speakers came originally as Roman auxiliary troops to support the Romans in their conquest of the Celts.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Britain#Legacy ----------- Environmental changes
The Romans introduced a number of species to Britain, including possibly the now rare Roman nettle (U. pilulifera), said to have been used by soldiers to warm their arms and legs, and the edible snail Helix pomatia. There is also some evidence they may have introduced rabbits, but of the smaller southern mediterranean type. The European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) prevalent in modern Britain is assumed to have been introduced from the continent after the Norman invasion of 1066.