Akra Leuke overview
Other name(s) Lucentum
Modern name(s) Alicante
Region Mediterranean
Section Iberian peninsula
Latitude 38.3646323 N suggest info
Longitude 0.43839889 W
Status Accurate location
Info The area around Alicante has been inhabited for over 7000 years, with the first tribes of hunter gatherers moving down gradually from Central Europe between 5000 and 3000 BCE. Some of the earliest settlements were made on the slopes of Mount Benacantil. By 1000 BCE Greek and Phoenician traders had begun to visit the eastern coast of Spain, establishing small trading ports and introducing the native Iberian tribes to the alphabet, iron and the pottery wheel. By the 3rd century BCE, the rival armies of Carthage and Rome began to invade and fight for control of the Iberian Peninsula. The Carthaginian general Hamilcar Barca established the fortified settlement of Akra Leuka (meaning "White Mountain" or "White Point"), where Alicante stands today.

Although the Carthaginians conquered much of the land around Alicante, the Romans would eventually rule Hispania Tarraconensis for over 700 years. By the 5th century CE, Rome was in decline and the Roman predecessor town of Alicante, known as Lucentum, was more or less under the control of the Visigothic warlord Theudimer.
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38.364632, -0.438399 === 38.364632 N, 0.438399 W === 38° 21' 52.7" N, ° 26' 18.2" W
Nearest sites Bastida De Les Alcusses, circa 59.1 km (36.7 mi) north-west
Corral de Saus, lower necropolis, circa 64.1 km (39.8 mi) north-west
Corral de Saus, upper necropolis, circa 64.2 km (39.9 mi) north-west
Carthago Nova, Cartagena, circa 97.3 km (60.5 mi) south-west
Ilounon, circa 102.5 km (63.7 mi) west
Valentia, circa 123.6 km (76.8 mi) north
Saguntum, Arsé, Sagunto, circa 146.5 km (91 mi) north
Urci, circa 171 km (106.3 mi) south-west
Libisosa, Lezuza, circa 178.5 km (110.9 mi) west
Valeria, Valera de Arriba, circa 218.2 km (135.6 mi) north-west
Acci, Accitum, Julia Gemella., Guadix, circa 264.7 km (164.5 mi) west
Segobriga, circa 265.6 km (165 mi) north-west
Dertosa, Dertusa, Hibera Iulia Ilercavonia, Tortosa, circa 284.4 km (176.7 mi) north
Abdera, circa 290.2 km (180.3 mi) south-west
Palma, circa 299 km (185.8 mi) east
Ercávica, circa 299.2 km (185.9 mi) north-west
Consaburum, Consabura, Consuegra, circa 299.9 km (186.4 mi) west
Iol, Colonia Claudia Caesarea, Sharshal, Cherchell, circa 303.3 km (188.4 mi) south-east
Tipasa, Tefessedt, Tipaza, circa 321.5 km (199.8 mi) south-east
Cabezo de Alcalá, circa 323.8 km (201.2 mi) north
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Database ID 8503, created 7 Apr 2012, 18:33, Last changed 24 Oct 2015, 19:16