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Canaanites, Phoenicians and Punic Peoples

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This project deals with the ancient Canaanites of present-day Palestine, and their subsequent westward migration.

Summary

We will start with the dozen or so tribes of Canaan, which included the Amorites (mountain dwellers), Jebusites (around Jerusalem), and the Girgashites.

After Moses and the Judges ejected most of the tribes, they took to the seas and allied themselves with other eastern Mediterranean peoples and became known as the Sea Peoples. They were a sort of Ancient pirates. Some of the northern Canaanites stayed behind to form modern day Lebanon. They were known as the Sidonites or Sidonians, and another tribe settled around Tyre.

The Sea Peoples eventually settled down on some Greek isles and on the Adriactic coast, and most notably Carthage.

Around this same time, others settled the Marseilles port area of France.

Next, they went beyond the Pillars of Hercules or the Strait of Gibraltar, claiming 300 colonies on the Atlantic coasts of Europe and Africa.

Could the Silurian people be the same Canaanites? The were located on the coasts of Cornwall and Wales.

Ethnology

  • Canaanites
  • Phoenicians or Punic people
  • Sea Peoples
  • Carthage - Punic
  • 300 Atlantic colonies
  • Ghana and Akan peoples

Ghana Empire

Kumbi Saleh, the capital of Ancient Ghana, flourished from 300 to 1240 C.E. Located in modern day Mauritania, archaeological excavations have revealed houses, almost habitable today, for want of renovation and several story's high. They had underground rooms, staircases and connecting halls. Some had nine rooms. One part of the city alone is estimated to have housed 30,000 people.

Notables

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