The ancient city-state of Carthage, located in modern day Tunisia, competed with Rome for world dominance, and their world was the area around the Mediterranean.

After Rome invaded the island of Sicily, the two nations went to war as there had been a treaty between the Romans and Carthaginians that stated both nations agreed not to attack the Greek colonies on Sicily. 


Unlike Obama, who refused to uphold the treaty the US has with Ukraine pledging that the US would protect it from foreign invasion (ostensibly Russia) if it gave up its nukes, the Carthaginians were true to their word. The invasion of Sicily by the Romans sparked outright conflict eventuating in three wars with Rome called the Punic wars.

Rome was a land power; they built their nation with powerful legions. Carthage was a maritime power, and they expanded their power through trade and commerce.
Since Carthage was a sea power it had a naval advantage over Rome, until the Romans caught up, that is. 
Sound familiar?
The Roman navy, like the Chinese navy, became increasingly stronger and by the end of the third Punic war — in 146 BC — the Romans wiped out Carthage.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana
Any bets on when China cleans our clock, and will it be called year 1 AA for “After America?” — great book by-the-way!

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