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Battle of the Great Plains

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The Battle of the Great Plains, also known as the Battle of the Bagradas River, occurred during the Second Punic War in 203 BC. It was fought between the forces of the Roman Republic, led by Publius Cornelius Scipio (later known as Scipio Africanus), and the Carthaginian army under the command of Hannibal Barca's brother, Mago Barca, near the Bagradas River in North Africa. After suffering defeats in Italy, Hannibal retreated to Carthage to defend against a Roman invasion led by Scipio Africanus. Mago Barca was sent to reinforce Hannibal's forces in North Africa, which were further weakened after their losses in battles against Scipio.

Scipio aimed to defeat the Carthaginian forces in North Africa and secure victory for Rome in the region. Mago Barca sought to prevent the Romans from further advancing into Carthaginian territory and to protect Carthage from invasion. Scipio led a Roman army into North Africa and initiated a campaign to confront the Carthaginian forces near the Bagradas River. Mago Barca deployed his forces along the Bagradas River, utilizing the terrain to his advantage and preparing to repel the Roman invasion.


The Roman and Carthaginian forces clashed in a pitched battle along the Great Plains near the Bagradas River. The fighting was intense, with both sides fiercely contesting the outcome. Despite determined resistance from the Carthaginians, the Roman army, under Scipio's command, ultimately prevailed. The Carthaginian forces were defeated, and Mago Barca was forced to retreat.


The victory at the Battle of the Great Plains allowed Scipio to consolidate Roman control over North Africa, weakening Carthaginian influence in the region. The defeat at the Great Plains forced the Carthaginians to retreat further inland, abandoning their defensive positions to the advancing Roman army. The Battle of the Great Plains further enhanced Scipio's reputation as a skilled military commander and contributed to the Roman Republic's eventual triumph in the Second Punic War.

The Battle of the Great Plains marked a significant victory for the Roman Republic and helped pave the way for its eventual dominance in the western Mediterranean. The defeat at the Great Plains weakened Carthaginian resistance in North Africa and hastened the eventual downfall of Carthage in the Third Punic War. The Battle of the Great Plains demonstrated the effectiveness of Roman military tactics and leadership under Scipio Africanus, who would later play a crucial role in defeating Hannibal at the Battle of Zama in 202 BC.

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Adrian Goldsworthy, The Fall of Carthage: The Punic Wars 265-146 BC, Phoenix, 2006, page 294-298 (ISBN 978-0-3043-6642-2)

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