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Cornwall - The Hidden Nation

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When the Italian cleric, Polydor Vergil, was commissioned by the English king, Henry VII, in 1505 to write "the History of England" (1535), he gave the following description of Britain in the introduction:

"The whole Countrie of Britain divided into iiii partes; whereof the one is inhabited of Englishmen, the other of Scottes, the third of Wallshemen, [and] the fowerthe of Cornishe people, which all differ emonge them selves, either in tongue, in manners, or ells in lawes and ordinaunces."

This distinction of Cornwall was also reflected by the first Duke of Cornwall when, in 1351, he commissioned a survey of his Duchy of Cornwall lands to ascertain what was held, and by whom, of his tenants in "Cornwall & England".

There are many historical references to corroborate this distinction (see constitutional status of Cornwall) and it has been the Cornish perception of themselves up to the present day but hidden from the world by being classified, since 1889, as an English administrative county.

It is argued that to ignore the Cornish as one of the constituent nations of Britain is to deprive the Cornish people of their history and rights as a national group within the United Kingdom and the greater Europe and deliberately facilitate actions detrimental to the future existence of the Cornish people.

While it is also argued that the former kingdom of Cornwall exists historically in the same way as separate Plantagenet kingdoms but is no longer relevant in modern day England.


The weakness of the pound coupled with the expense of fuel made travelling expensive so many people chose to stay at home for their holidays and enjoy the best that Britain has to offer.

Even with the apparent economic recovery, holidays in Britain remain popular, and no area more so than the Cornish coast. Places like Newquay, Falmouth, and smaller tourist destinations like St Ives have all reported a massive upturn in the volume of tourists that they’re seeing.

People choose to take vacations at home because they’re cheaper. Often the only travel cost that you have to pay is petrol or a train fare, whilst food is cheaper because more people choose to go self-catering when they’re staying in the country.

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