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The First Punic war lasted for 20 years. Neither side won. Carthage could not beat Rome's army, but Rome could not beat Carthage's Navy. The war causes many deaths and lots of destruction. The First Punic war ended when Carthage decided to end the fighting by giving Rome one of the three islands.
Rome was safe on the other side of the Alps, which were a very tall and steep set of mountains. Hannibal didn't let that stop him. In a feat for which he is remembered still, Hannibal decided to invade the Italian peninsula by going over the Alps. He decided to bring his war elephants with him. No one of the time believed that it was possible, and it almost wasn't. Hannibal lost most of his elephants to the cold of the mountains, and he lost half of his men as well. But he did cross the Alps and brought the rest of his army into the Italian peninsula to attack Rome.
The Romans and Carthage fought for several years but Rome was too strong. The Romans defeated Carthage again. But this time Rome had had enough. They rounded up all the people of Carthage and sold them into slavery. They tore down every building in the city, then spread salt over all the farms and fields around where Carthage had been. Thus the land was no good for growing food. There was no longer a city of Carthage.
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