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  • The Roman empire wanted to expand onto the island of Sicily, which was under Carthaginian rule at the time. This began the start of the first Punic War 
  • Embarrassed by Carthage's loss in the first Punic War, Carthaginian general Hamilcar Barca makes his son, Hannibal, take a blood oath and swear that he would never be a friend to Rome
  • As an Adult, Hannibal becomes the general of Carthage. Hannibal begins the second Punic war by crossing the Ebro river in Spain, the border between Roman and Carthaginian influence 
  • In order to attack Rome, Hannibal leads an army of soldiers and elephants across the Alps
  • Despite facing a larger Roman army, Carthage surrounds and defeats Rome in the battle of Cannae in Italy
  • Rome takes over Carthage and destroys everything. They pour salt on the earth so that nothing will grow 
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