The Unique History and Culture of the Isle of Man

TLDR The Isle of Man has a rich and diverse history, with evidence of human habitation dating back to the Stone Age. It has its own parliament, a unique language, and is known for its iconic symbols and the dangerous Isle of Man TT motorcycle race.

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00:00 The Isle of Man is a unique political jurisdiction located in the Irish Sea, with autonomy over its affairs but dependent on another country for survival, and known for its ancient history and motorcycle racing.
01:50 The Isle of Man has a unique history, with evidence of humans dating back to the Stone Age, Celtic influence during the Iron Age, a mass migration or invasion from Ireland in the 5th century, and Viking invasions in the 9th century, before coming under the control of Scotland.
03:28 The Isle of Man changed hands between the Scottish and the English before becoming a permanent crown dependency of England, and it has seen increased autonomy and independence over the last 150 years.
05:11 The Isle of Man is unique in that it has its own parliament, called the Tinwald, which is older than the English parliament and is considered the world's oldest continuous parliament.
06:47 As of 2022, there are approximately 2,200 Manx speakers on the Isle of Man, which is about 2.5% of the population, and there has been a revival of Manx culture with more people using traditional Manx names and increased signage in both English and Manx.
08:20 The Isle of Man is known for its Triskelean symbol on its currency and the world's largest waterwheel, as well as the dangerous Isle of Man TT motorcycle race with a high number of fatalities.
10:01 The Isle of Man has a unique history, culture, and language compared to its neighboring islands in the British Isles.
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