Essay on How France Has Changed The Landscape Of Europe
France has a history that goes back millions of years. There is evidence of pre-historic tools located in Chilhac, Auvergne, France dated 1.8 million years ago. (Jones, 2009) Since then, France has changed the landscape of Europe. We will discuss the human traits of the country, its cultural organization, and what difficulties one would encounter relocating there.
France was originally settled by The Celts, who were also known as the Gaul’s by the Romans. They moved from the Rhine Valley into what is now France. Around 600 B.C.” the Greeks and Phoenicians established settlements along the Mediterranean. Julius Caesar conquered part of Gaul in 57–52 B.C., and it remained Roman until Franks invaded in the 5th century A.D.” (Fact Monster, n.d.)
France borders Andorra, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Spain, and Switzerland. Off to the West of it is the Atlantic Ocean. It also has coasts on the Mediterranean Sea to the south and the English Channel to the north. France has a varied climate and geography. The major mountain ranges are the Alps in the east and the Pyrenees in the southwest. Each forms a natural boundary with other nations. The Massif Central is a large mountainous plateau in the central area, which includes the ancient volcanoes of the Auvergne region (which discussed previously is where the pre-historic tools were found). While most of the country is in a temperate zone, the Mediterranean area has a subtropical climate. The four main…