How the Roman Empire
The word "vandal" is used to describe a person who recklessly destroys property. The term originated in the Dark Ages as the name for a tribe of barbarians that plundered and pillaged their way across much of the Roman Empire.
Little is known of the origins of the Germanic tribe known as the Vandals. They are believed to have originated in Denmark and later migrated to the valley of the Oder River on the Baltic Sea, about the 5th century BC.
In 406 AD, the Vandals were driven from their homes on the Baltic by the Huns. They headed southwest, crossed the Rhine River and invaded Gaul (now France).
For the next couple of years, the Vandals roamed throughout Gaul killing, raping, and pillaging, in an orgy of wanton destruction. Despite the many pleas for help from the citizens of Gaul, Rome's power was in decline, and it did not have the means to stop them. When news of the devastation of Gaul reached Roman troops in Britain, they decided to act, and under their commander Flavius Constantine, they traveled to Gaul where they were joined by other troops from Spain. The Vandals were finally defeated in battle and in 409 fled to Spain.