WHY HANNIBAL LOST TO ROME By Andre Austin Rome was just a local power until they defeated the black General Hannibal from Carthage in North Africa, or modern day Tunisia. These wars were called the Punic wars (Three in number) because that was the predominate language spoken. The decisive years were from 200BC to 146BC. Carthage in the 3rd century BC was the greatest commercial and naval power in the Western world. It relied on mercenaries mostly from Numidians to fight the land wars. Rome was in direct competition with the commercial interest of Carthage. The fights went on for decades first with Hamilcar Barca and then went his three sons Hasdrubal, Mago and Hannibal. The best fighter was Hannibal. So why did Hannibal loose: Hannibal annihilated the armies of Rome and expected Rome to call for peace. Hannibal misjudged his enemy’s tenacity. Hannibal lacked the will or capacity to erase Rome and eradicate its people by extermination. Carthage refused to razed the city of Rome and salt the ground like Rome did to Carthage. All males were crucified and women and young children turned into slaves and sex toys for the new emerging empire. Don’t fight unless you want to go all the way with a people choosing Victory or death. If you want the gold of victory then you put salt in the game of your enemies.