If we can get our men onto their ships, we can fight them like we're on land.
These wars primarily took place at sea, which was an advantage to Carthage because they were very skilled with naval battles, and defeated Rome numerous times. One day, the Romans found a way to hook their ships together and fight on a boat, more like a land battle and they were victorious.
We can use their advantage against them!
Here they come. What are we going to do?
The Second War (Carthage): 219-201 BCE
That's what I thought. We will conquer as much as we can, but it may be difficult to get to Rome.
Carthaginian general Hannibal led his army through Spain, southern France, and the Alps to make a surprise attack on Italy from the north. These invasions were mostly successful and caused citizens to revolt against Rome, but he was hesitant to attack Rome itself because it was well defended.
We are so close! Are you ready to take those filthy Romans down?
How are you going to defeat Hannibal, Your Grace?
The Second War (Italy): 219-201 BCE
New dictator of Rome, Quintus Fabius Maximus, is known for his strategy of avoiding Hannibal in Italy. Later, the Romans won this war at the Battle of Zuma in Carthage. After, they made Carthage sign a treaty that stated they would give up their navy, their claims to Spain, and pay 10,000 silver talents for 50 years.
We need to avoid the fool while we're in Italy.
They will not be ready, so we can sail to their city and attack there.
The Third War: 149-146 BCE
Perfect! Carthage is no more!
Now, what have you done with the people?
Cato the Elder deeply hated Carthage, so he had Rome declare war on them. Tensions had been risen due to
Every last person sold into slavery, or dead. We have claimed their values for ourselves.