The Vandals

By: Alexx Blaze

Who are the Vandals?

The Vandals were a tribe from Eastern Europe with a very bloody reputation. As they crossed Europe and Africa over the first few centuries, they left a trail of looted cities and enormous body counts.

What did the Vandals do?

The Vandals left behind little in terms of artifacts or culture, but their behavior echoes throughout history with resounding ferocity.

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How many different clans are there?

The tribe was composed of two main clans, the Asding or Hasdingii and the Siling or Silingii

Where did the title the "Vandles"come from?

The word "vandal" is used to describe a person who recklessly destroys property. The term originated in the Dark Ages as the name for a tribe of barbarians that plundered and pillaged their way across much of the Roman Empire.

Where did the Vandles originate and were'd they go?

They are believed to have originated in Denmark and later migrated to the valley of the Oder River on the Baltic Sea, about the 5th century

Barbarians: The Vandals

What happened in 406?

In 406, the Vandals were driven from their homes on the Baltic by the Huns. They headed southwest, crossed the Rhine River and invaded Gaul

What happened in 426?

In 428, the largest ever sea-borne movement of a barbarian peoples resulted in some 80,000 Vandals landing near Tangier. There was little opposition from the locals, and within two years nearly all of North Africa was under their control.

439, 455, and 533

439- the Vandals controlled a major naval base, which they used to raid all of the cities of the Western Mediterranean.

455- they thoroughly and mercilessly sacked Rome.

533- the Emperor Justinian sent an army large enough to destroy the Vandal Kingdom.

The End---------

And so the Vandal’s rein of terror finally came to an end. Although the Vandals left a trail of death and destruction in their wake, they also brought with them several technological advances, such as an advanced plow that enabled farmers to plow deeper and straighter furrows, butter, rye, oats, and hops. Though the tribe was completely eliminated, their name lives on.