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Assassinations in History
got slain, almost slain, when, how,
why, and by whom?
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Voyages in History
When did what
vessel arrive with whom onboard and where
did it sink if it didn't?
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The Phoenicians, also called
Canaanites, were great sailors and wealthy merchants.
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Among others, the main cities of the Phoenicians were Sidon,
Tyre, and Berot, which is today's Beirut.
Ancient Phoenicia approximately
corresponds to what is your Lebanon today.
Sailing and selling their merchandise
was their strength, so it only made sense for the ancient
Phoenicians to set up colonies as they cruised along. Such was the
And EK got mail:
I want to expound on the Phoenicians
for a moment:
The Phoenicians had a population
for their cities. From time to time they loaded up a few ships
with people and sailed off to colonize new places. They liked to
trade and did not mind getting into a little war or piracy from
time to time.
Their artifacts have been found as far away as Australia,
and I believe they made it to the Americas.
Other than that, the Phoenicians
discovered vowels, developed their alphabet accordingly, and this
later became the Greek alphabet. The year? Around 1100 BC.