North Africa 500 BCE
The great trading city of Carthage is located in North Africa.
What is happening in North Africa in 500BCE
Carthage was founded shortly after 1000 BCE by Phoenician colonists from Syria. In the following centuries the city flourished, and has become the great trade emporia of the western Mediterranean, dominating not only with its merchant ships but with its fighting navy as well.
To secure its position, commercially and militarily, Carthage has set up colonies along the North African coast, in the Balearic Islands and in Spain, and has established control over the cities of western Sicily.