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Many people that do not know much about the Phoenicians only know about the alphabet that they created which aided the creation of the Romantic languages What these people fail to realize is that that is not the only reason for which the Phoenicians should be remembered The Phoenicians did not only create an alphabet they created an economic empire as well as a Phoenician culture around the Mediterranean First they established the trading network creating multiple city-states along their path across the Mediterranean Then they began to raise a culture piecing together parts from the cultures of their trading partners Finally they became important enough to be recognized by the major powers of the Mediterranean world This is how their phonetic alphabet was spread around and directed towards its implementation in the Romantic languages It is not the creation of the alphabet itself that the Phoenicians should be remembered by it is the creation and maintenance of the trading empire that allowed the alphabet to increase in prominence The Phoenicians originated from the Canaanites These Canaanites inhabited the eastern coast of the Mediterranean to start but they ended up expanding to all the way around the Mediterranean Sea At first they were confined to a small region around what is now Israel since they were a relatively small group of people in terms of both size and power The Assyrians Babylonians Egyptians Hittites and others totally overpowered the Phoenicians who were cornered between sea and mountains anyways however the Phoenicians found a way out All of their local enemies had only land-going armies The Phoenicians had no way to fight back against these threats so the Phoenicians expanded on their boat technology and skills allowing some of them to escape their confinement After a few hundred years the Phoenicians expanded their trading network around the Mediterranean with a few key cities Carthage Byblos Sidon and Tyre especially At this time the Phoenicians did
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