Vandals Seize Carthage (Great Events from History: The Ancient World, Prehistory-476)
Article abstract: Vandal forces seized Carthage, seriously expediting the erosion of Roman authority in the Western Roman Empire.
Summary of Event
The Vandals appear to have entered the stage of European history suddenly and with little prior attestation, aside from various legends that point to a sometime residence in the area that later became modern Poland. In the mid-fourth century c.e., the Vandals split into two groups, the Asding and the Siling. It is the Asding Vandals who participated in the events of the fifth century c.e. Driven west by the swiftly moving Huns, the Vandals crossed the Rhine River near Mainz in 406. For several years, the Vandals ravaged Gaul and at one point seemed poised to cross the English Channel and invade Britain. Instead, they crossed the Pyrenees and settled in Spain in 409. In 411, the Vandals became foederati, or official allies of the Romans. The Vandals remained in Spain for twenty years, but the Roman-Vandal peace was an uneasy one. It was broken in 416, when Rome authorized the Visigoths, under Wallia, to attack the Vandals in the name of the emperor. The Vandals suffered severely under this treatment but recovered their strength within a decade.
Under the leadership of their king, Genseric, the Vandals crossed to North Africa in 429 c.e., lured by the prospect of controlling the rich grain lands there. Conditions in Africa made an invasion an attractive...
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