The New Student's Reference Work/Agricola

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Agric'ola (born 37, died 93 A. D.), a Roman general, born in the south of France. He was made governor of Aquitania by the Emperor Vespasian, then elected consul, and later given the province of Britain to govern. He spent seven years there, completing the conquest of the island. He built a chain of forts as a defense against the northern tribes, and was the first Roman to send his fleet around Britain, proving it to be an island. He introduced Roman customs and the Roman language. He was recalled by the Emperor Domitian, who was jealous of his popularity. His life has been written by his son-in-law, the historian Tacitus.