The city of York has waned in recent years in terms of prominence but nobody will ever be able to take away the historical significance that York has maintained for countless centuries. York sits in a particularly fruitful location at the confluence of two of the most beautiful and bountiful rivers in England: The Rivers Foss and Ouse. York also enjoys yet another lucky placement in the fact that it is just about at the halfway point in between London and Edinburgh. This has allowed the city to grow into its own thanks to the fact that the transportation between the two metropolises ensured that York would always be an important hub no matter which form of transportation ruled the roost. To be sure, York's convenient location has played a part in its sizable and significant growth ever since it came into being after the Romans created it and gave it the much less enjoyable name of Eboracum. Try eating a peppermint patty named after that!
All joking aside, the name of York actually is a translation from the Latin Eboracum and many people believe that Eboracum wasn't Roman in origin but in fact a Gaelic or Scottish term. Either way, York was the site of some of the most important historical events to plague or enlighten England for better or worse. It was of course subject to the typical warfare that went on between Saxon tribes and Roman soldiers and all that mess that made up the better part of the first ten centuries of the years after the death of Christ. One of the earliest trials that York faced, as far as the more recent history books are concerned, took place around the 1100s when a mob attacked a crowd of Jewish inhabitants for supposedly no reason. The famous Clifford's Tower became a hiding place for the Jewish victims and they hid there for over a week in the fortified tower in an attempt to flee the angry citizens hell-bent on destroying them. One must remember that this was a period of time which saw much strife between the various sons of Abraham and sadly the Jews were killed when the tower was set afire.
During the English Civil War York was once again displayed in a negative light when the world-famous Guy Fawkes was found to have been raised in York. Aside from that upstart it seems that York was a particularly favorable target for the Parliamentarians as the city was nearly razed to the ground with some of the most destructive attacks of that particular war. York has seen its share of trials and tribulations but it must be reiterated that the city still stands and it stands proudly to this day. This is the nature of many of the cities of the United Kingdom and it is important to keep this in mind when talking about the various ailments that befell these cities. England, Ireland, and Scotland are home to some of the oldest civilized towns on Earth and many of these cities have seen everything from the Black Plague to two World Wars and yet they still function proudly. York is no exception and one can still walk around the town to this day and take in the awe and grandeur of the city without once thinking of anything that may have befell it in its past.
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