West Germanic tribes

The expansion of the Germanic tribes 750 BC – AD 1 (after the Penguin Atlas of World History 1988):
   Settlements before 750 BC
   New settlements by 500 BC
   New settlements by 250 BC
   New settlements by AD 1

The West Germanic tribes were Germanic peoples who spoke the branch of Germanic languages known as West Germanic languages.

They appear to be derived from the Jastorf culture, a Pre-Roman Iron Age offshoot of the Nordic Bronze Age culture.

The West Germanic tribes expanded southwards to the Rhine and later down to the Alps and west into Great Britain.

According to Wolfram and Herwig, West Germanic is a linguistic and not an ethnic classification.[1]


See also


  1. Wolfram, Herwig (1997). p. 27.

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