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Hannibal Crosses the Alps

During the Punic wars, Hannibal brought a Carthaginian army across the Alps and invaded Italy. In his army, he had 37 elephants.



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From 264 B.C. Rome was involved in a series of wars in the western Mediterranean with its rival, __________. At that time, Carthage was a __________ city with a large trading empire and powerful __________. In the first of these wars, called the __________ Wars, Rome was

victorious, destroying the Carthaginian navy and capturing the island of __________ from the Carthaginians in 241 B.C.

The rivalry did not end there however. In 218 B.C. the Carthaginians launched an attack on Rome. The attack was led by a __________ general named __________ who managed to lead his army of 46,000 men and 37 war __________ across the __________, a mountain range in northern Italy.



Though his army suffered severe __________ due to hunger, cold, and attacks as he crossed the Alps, Hannibal won victory after victory against the Romans. Instead of defeating Hannibal in Italy, the Romans began to attack his __________ of Carthage. Hannibal __________ his forces from Italy and met the Roman army near Carthage where he was finally defeated.




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