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By the time of the Roman conquest of Britain, the area was occupied by a tribe known to the Romans as the Brigantes.
The Brigantian tribal area initially became a Roman client state, but, later its leaders became more hostile and the Roman Ninth Legion was sent north of the Humber into Brigantian territory.
The city was founded by the Romans as Eboracum in 71 AD.
It became the capital of the Roman province of Britannia Inferior, and later of the kingdoms of Northumbria and Jórvík.
The site of the principia (HQ) of the fortress lies under the foundations of York Minster, and excavations in the undercroft have revealed part of the Roman structure and columns.
The Emperors Hadrian, Septimius Severus and Constantius I all held court in York during their various campaigns.
From 1996, the term 'City of York' describes a local government district (a unitary authority area) which includes rural areas beyond the old city boundaries.
Jórvík, meanwhile, gradually reduced to York in the centuries after the Conquest, moving from the Middle English Yerk in the 14th century through Yourke in the 16th century to Yarke in the 17th century.In 314 AD a bishop from York attended the Council at Arles to represent Christians from the province.