If you mention Ireland and someone asks you to name a city there you will no doubt say Dublin. It dates back well over 1,000 years and the earliest reference to the city is in the year 140 A.D. by Claudius Ptolemaues who was an astronomer and cartographer or Greek and Egyptian origin. The settlement was originally a city founded by the Vikings back before the Christians took over.
The Vikings actually ruled Dublin for more than three centuries. They were then expelled from the area in 902 only to return again in 917. Many battles were fought over the years which finally ended up with the Vikings leaving for the last time in 1171.
During the time of Viking rule there was a thriving slave trade taking place in and around Dublin.
In 1988 Dublin had the opportunity to celebrate its millennium using a catchy slogan that was designed to attract folks to it, that was Dublins Great in Eighty Eight. The city has been the center of power for the area since immediately following the Norman Invasion which ran from 1169 to 1171 and it was on May 15th of 1192 when the Charter of Liberties was first written. It wasnt until June 15th of the year 1229 when the citizens of the area were allowed to elect a mayor by popular vote.
In medieval times…
… the population of Dublin ranged from 5,000 to 10,000 people. This made for a very small and close knit town. These numbers were of people that actually lied inside the city and not the ones that had been expelled and forced to live outside of the confines of the city.
In the 16th and the 17th centuries the English began doing what they could to take over the Irish and Dublin was one of the many targets that were on the agenda. In the year 1650 a decree forced the Catholics to be banned from living inside of the city of Dublin. By the time the 17th century came to an end Dublin was the capitol of the Kingdom of Ireland which was English run and the Protestants became the majority party.
In the 18th Century saw many of the people born into Ireland as direct descendants of the English and this made the country more stable and made things easier to get trade started with Britain.
As the 19th Century progressed industrialization occurred and rail lines began to show up in Dublin. Still the number of unskilled laborers in Dublin was high with the brewery for Guinness and the Jameson distillery being the major sources of employment in the area.
After all of the years it was not until 1923 when Ireland became a separate state from the English and Dublin became the capitol of 26 of the 32 Irish counties. Throughout the turbulence of the later years Dublin remained rather free from the many bombings and such that the Irish Republican Army carried out. Tone of the biggest wars that has happened in the Dublin area in the late seventies and beyond has been the war on Heroin.