One of the most interesting things about
the modern day country of Tunisia is that
it contained the city of Carthage. As
the city of Rome is to Italy the city
of Carthage is to Tunisia. Because the
city was utterly destroyed by the Romans
it took a long time to find. Carthage
was the center of many a war host that
went forth to invade places like Italy
and Spain. It was even thought be some
that Carthage was a myth, but modern archaeological
records show that Carthage is/was indeed
real, and its destroyers were very angry
Another interesting historical note for
Tunisia was its role in World War Two.
During the early 1940s Hitler’s
forced moved into Italy to protect the
bottom half of “Fortress Europe”.
They knew that they British (and later
the Americans) had forces in Northern
Africa, and he sent a general named Rommel
to keep them in check. Rommel soon made
a name for himself as tank forces duelled
each other in the desert.
the fighting raged back and forth parts
of western Tunisia became sort of a “center
court” where the two sides world
cross and re-cross. Eventually Rommel
would be defeated at El Alamein in Egypt,
and soon Tunisia was invaded by the Allies
and permanently secured to use as a base.
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Today’s Tunisia, once a French Colony,
is now independent. It is a very hot and
dry country with little water in the south.
Temperatures are cooler in the north,
but this is a relatively small part of
the country. The country is growing in
both wealth and population, but is still
leaps and bounds away from its wealthy
European neighbours. Tunisia's “association
agreement” with the European Union
came into effect in March of 1998.