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The Isle of Man or otherwise known as Mann was inhabited before 6500AD. The island was one of the Celtic nations, where Gaelic culture began to influence the land during the 5th century AD. The Irish invasion also took place during the same time period,
In 616, it was conquered by Edwin of Northumbria but no permanent settlements were made. During the 9th century, the Norse of Scotland, established the kingdom of the Isles.
By 1266, the Isles became part of Scotland territory, formalized through the Treaty of Perth. The kingdom was under alternating rule of Scotland and England, and in 1399, came under the lordship of the English crown.
The Isle of Man became a Crown Dependency in 1866 but it never became a territory of Great Britain. It retains its status as a self-governing Crown Dependency.
The Isles of Man is located in the Irish Sea, situated between England and Ireland. Aside from the main island, it has 4 other political units, which are the Calf of Man, St. Patrick's Isle, St. Michael's Isle, and Chicken Rock.
Over 40% of the land is unpopulated, with majority of the population residing in the main island of Mann. The north and south hills are separated by a central valley, with the former made of relatively flat plains.
The head of state is Queen Elizabeth II, who is considered to be the Lord of Mann, and represented by a Lieutenant Governor. All foreign relations and defense are responsibilities of the British government, but executive and legislative powers are exercised by the state's own branches of government.
Legislative power is exercised by the House of Keys and the Legislative Council, while the Executive power is practiced by the Council of Ministers. Local government is based on ancient parish concepts, and the state is noted for having the oldest parliament in the world, which is Tynwald, created in 979 AD.
Travelling in the Isles of Man exposes tourists to heritage sites, museums, and ancient monuments. The state is only a few hundred miles long, so points of interest are pretty much found within close proximity to each other.
The Isle of Man has a few interesting and well-preserved castles that are popular tourists sites. The Castle Rushen in the historic capital of Castletown is still being used today -as a museum, educational center, and courthouse. It is the best example of medieval castles in the British Isles, and boasts of a great example of medieval architecture. Peel Castle is another impressive structure - found on St. Patrick's Isle and boasts of impressive 9th century architecture.
The isles of Calf of Man and Chicken Rock contain historic lighthouses that were created to warn mariners of the hazards of the rocky waters in the area. Calf of Man, located southeast of the main island, is a famous bird observatory since 1959, and has 4 lighthouses. Two of these lighthouses were built by famous British designer, engineer, and lighthouse builder Robert Stevenson in 1818. The Chicken Rock is a small 0.1 hectare rock with a 44-meter lighthouse imposing over the waters that surround it.
Mull Hill is an interesting site in the Isle of Man. Located south in the main island, 12 burial chambers are found here, which are said to be built during 3500BC. The chambers create a circle, with mysterious objects found all around it. Shreds of bones, ornate pottery, flint tools, and quartz pebbles are found within the ring. This unique archaeological monument is famous for the haunting stories that supposedly took place in the area.
The education system in the state follows that of England, with seven years of Primary education, as well as of Secondary education. The system is under the local Department of Education and Children that oversees 36 primary schools and 5 secondary schools, as well as the Isle of Man College. For higher education, there is a total of 5 institutions.
The first person to set up a formal school in the state was Bishop Isaac Barrow.
- The Isle of Man was once home to a number of extinct animals, such as the Manx cattle made extinct in 1815 and the Manx horse in 1830.
- The Manx cat is different from all the other cats in the world due to its lack of a tail.
- If you find yourself on the peak of the only mountain in the state, which is the Snaefell, you can see the entire United Kingdom - England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales.
- The state is the center of the motorcycle world with the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy being a race renowned all over the world since its first inception in 1907.