The earliest Corsican inhabitants date from around 3000BC; they left impressive menhirs or standing stones, carved with staring faces, which can still be seen at Filitosa. Centuries later in 540BC the Greeks colonised the island, they were succeeded by the Romans and it was then that the pattern of conflict and battle began with waves of invaders and raiders to the shores. Corsica is an island with a turbulent and fascinating past. Most famous as Napoleon Bonaparte’s place of birth, invasion and resistance has always been a recurring theme in the island’s history. Its location has given it strategic and commercial appeal over the years and so it has always attracted the attentions of major European powers and subsequently, the battle for independence has dominated Corsica’s history, character and landscape. Corsica is a region of France and its stylish white flag with the black Moor’s head is flown throughout the island. It is said to be the emblem of all Corsicans. The flag of Corsica is one of the most identifiable and unusual in Europe. Against a pure white background a black face is depicted in a side profile – the dark outline makes a arresting contrast against the white. The image is even more striking as the black face is either blindfolded with a white ribbon wrapped around its eyes or features a white bandana on his forehead.