Talk:Punics

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Naval Trade[edit]

The text states that Their naval presence and trade extended throughout the Mediterranean to the British Isles, the Canaries, and West Africa. The source I can see is only a snippet view. We have no idea what is being discussed when it states "sail up the Atlantic coasts of Spain and France, perhaps even reaching the British Isles." Other references from the same book:

  • Page 86 states that a voyage in the 5th century B.C. by the Carthaginian Himilco went possibly as far as the Cassiterides Islands (Great Britain and Ireland) (although there is some doubt if the Cassiterides actually refer to GB&I.)
  • Page 97 notes the path of that same voyage to Britain and Hibernia in 650 B.C.

I don't think it's perhaps a good source for this assertion. Certainly there are far more sources that dispute the fact that the Phoenicians ever reached as far as the British Isles. But what about balancing the article a little so that the contested fact of reaching the British Isles is represented? The British Navy is about the best source I can fine to state the reached the British Isles, but there's very little information available about the authors on Google Books. Does anyone have a better source? The current source is too indefinite. --HighKing (talk) 23:46, 12 October 2009 (UTC)