He gave the impression to be easily manipulated, but Claudius showed himself to be cleverer than thought. v
He avoided the Roman senate, and bought the loyalty of the Praetorian Guard.
He completed the Roman annexation of Britain. Claudies launched one of the most audacious military campaigns of the 1stcentury, the conquest of Britain, to impress the senate.
He dispatched a force of 40,000 troops and several war elephants across the English channel.
The Romans had soon conquered a stronghold at modern day Colchester, and eventually succeeded in capturing the Catuvellauni tribal leader Caratus. He visited the island for 16 days and went to capture Colchester, the capital of the new province. Claudius also added Mauretania, Thrace and Lycia to the Roman Empire.