Tunisia - The Past - Vandals and Byzantine

Essem

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Tunisis - The Past

Vandals and Byzantine

As the Vandals inscribed, built and buried almost nothing, little is known about them.

Historians maintain that they came in from Spain in the 420's.

From their showing elsewhere it is probably safe to assume that the Vandals contributed nothing of value to the country.

When in AD 533, the Byzantine emperor Justinian sent General Blisarious to regain Tunisia for the Easter Roman Empire, the Vandal king Gelimir was easily defeated.

The Byzantines assumed the mantle of Rome. They occupied the cities as far west as Haidra and south to Djerba but harassed by the Berbers throughout their 140 year occupation, the Byzantines remained on the defensive.

(Haidra is a city in western Tunisia, which was founded as a Roman city originally named Ammaedara. One of the oldest Roman cities in Africa, it was built on the border between the valleys and the Berber tribes.

There are many ruins in the city, some of which include mausoleaums, Byzantine fortresses, underground baths, and a church.)
 

Kris

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The Vandals migrated from germany through the Iberian peninsular.

Spotting an opportunity to escape constant harassment they left en masse (10,000 or so) and "walked" into modern Tunisia and took over.

Amazing movement of an ancient people and it shows just how transient the populations of Europe where.

Many Tunisians have germanic blood in them for sure.
 

Essem

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The Vandals migrated from germany through the Iberian peninsular.

Spotting an opportunity to escape constant harassment they left en masse (10,000 or so) and "walked" into modern Tunisia and took over.

Amazing movement of an ancient people and it shows just how transient the populations of Europe where.

Many Tunisians have germanic blood in them for sure.
Thus the blonde hair?
 

Kris

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Its possible.

There are towns in Tunisia where many have blonde features though Tunisia has seen many waves of immigration my mother in law for example had a maltese grandmother.

its was also a policy during colonialism to import many french and Italian families into Tunisia.
 
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