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Age of Antiquity » 400 AD/CE » 439 AD/CE

Vandals Capture African Territory

When: 439 - 534 AD/CE
Where: Carthage, Roman Empire, Africa

Around the year 405, when Alaric was attacking Rome and the nothern area of Italy, Stilicho (co-minister of Rome) moved legions of soldiers from the outlying border near the Rhine and Danube to the interior. With the frontiers lacking defense, the Vandals took advantage of the situation.

Accompanied by a mix of Germans and barbarians, they invaded Gaul. There they remained until 429 BC. Then, under the leadership of Gaiseric, they proceeded with the conquest of Africa.

Africa, with little or no defense, was an easy target. The Moors joined the Vandals, soon after that the city of Hippo was besieged. In 439 the Vandals captured Carthage and thus the entire northern part of Africa.

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