the punic wars

the punic wars

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  • Carthage also had settlements on the Islands of Sicily and Sardinia as some settlements along the coast of Spain.It was inevitable that these two great powers would someday come into conflict. Punic is Latin for Carthaginian. In 264 B.C. The roman republic broke an earlier alliance with Carthage and invaded Sicily.
  • This caused the first Punic war. The republic did well on land but suffered many defeats at sea.The ships from Carthage were built to ram the enemy. many times the Romans were rebuffed but they forged he expanding ther fleet to 200 ships.finally at the battle of Aegates they won a great victory and began their march into the mediterranean.
  • Unfortunatrly Hamilcar was killed in battle while expanding land holdings. Hannibal had been raised by his father to be a sworn enemy of the roman republic. Although he was only 26 years old it was time for him destiny. the fall of sagumtum marked the second punic war. He gathered a force of 60,000 solders 6,000 horses and 37 elephants.
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  • He felt his advace by land was the last thing the romans would expect, because the route from spain over the alps was dificult and dangerous. bing rafts were built to ferry the elephants across. only half of his original army remained but his did deter Hannibal many men and animals died on the the journey.
  • One Hannibal reached Italy he began recruiting more men. Onece there he did not have enough supplies for a siege and he saw that the walls could not be breached. This gave the republic time to recruit more soldiers and caused the Carthaginians to run low on supplies. He conquered Spain for Rome and turned his attention to north Africa. After 14 years in Italy Hannibal was forced to Home to defend his homeland.
  • They agreed to meet and talk before the planned battle at Zama neat Carthage.Rather than face captivity in Roma, Hannibal, then 65 years old Commited suicide by poison. when Carthage again rebelled the Roma army destroyed the city once and for all in the third PUNIC WAR. Imagine that you are a soldier who fought in ome of the punic war.
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