History of Tunis

Tunis Bereber ruinsThe town was initially named Tunes and was founded by the Berbers in the second millennium BC.
In the ninth century BC, the city was taken over by the Phoenicians and later was regained in control by the Berbers in 395 BC.

The Romans destroyed both Tunis and Carthage in 146 BC. The city was rebuilt under Augustus’ rule and became an important Roman town.

Later, in the 7th century, the city came under control of Arab Muslims. It was at this time that the medina of Tunis was first built. From the 12th to the 16th century, the city of Tunis was controlled by Arab dynasties and was one of the richest cities in the Islamic world.

The Ottoman Empire took control of the city in 1534. There was a lot of turmoil in the city over the next fifteen years until the Ottomans took official control in 1574. The French occupied Tunis from 1881 to 1956 after establishing a protectorate there.

Eventually Tunis was turned over to Islamic Rule. It was occupied by the Arab League from 1979 to 1990 and by the Palestine Liberation organization from 1982 to 1993.

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