Of all these Frankish tribes one especially was to become prominent, the tribe of the Salians.
It is more probable, however, that it arose from the fact that the Salians for a long period occupied the shores of the salt sea.'
The Salians inhabited the sea-coast, whereas the Ripuarians dwelt on the banks of the river Rhine.
The Salians, at the time when they are mentioned by Ammianus, occupied Toxandria, i.e.
At the end of the 4th century and at the beginning of the 5th, when the Roman legions withdrew from the banks of the Rhine, the Salians installed themselves in the district as an independent people.