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Batavi, a branch of a German tribe, the Chatti, who settled before the time of Julius Caesar on an old island formed by the Old Rhine, the Waal, the Maas, and the ocean. From Augustus's time onward they were allies of the Romans, paying no taxes, but furnishing auxiliary troops. In Vitellius's reign, A.D 69, an unsuccessful rising took place among them, headed by Claudius Civilis. From them Holland takes its Latin name, Batavia.