About Tunisia & Hammamet
What should we not tell about the long History of Tunisia by visiting this
one of the ``pearls of the Mediterranean``
Simple answers come to mind: Jugurtha and the Amazigh civilization, the foundation of Carthage (-814 B.C), the Punic wars against Rome, Amilcar in Spain, Hannibal crossing the Alps, Scipio destroying Carthage, (146 B.C), Rome triumphing in Africa, (thus becoming the granary), the Arabs in Ifriquia, the Normans on the coasts, St Louis and his crusade, the Spanish, the corsairs, the immigration of Andalusians rejected by the “Reconquista”, the Ottomans and their Beys, the French colonization, and finally the Repubic !
Tunisia is, in fact, a melting pot where various elements have melted to give birth to an original alloy which resembles all its components without identifying only with one of them! That is where the originality of openness lies resulting in adaptability to all situations !
Hammamet was originally the site of a Roman settlement named Pupput. Pirates also once inhabited the area until the Spaniards arrived and took control of the city. Over the years, with a great coastal location, Hammamet developed into a quiet, little fishing village.
Famous artists and writers such as Gustave and Oscar Wilde later discovered the scenic splendor of the area, which in turn attracted more visitors. Wealthy British, French and Americans discovered Hammamet and built fancy homes and villas. Eventually, in the late 1960s, tourism expanded making Hammamet a major seaside resort in Tunisia.
The most historic site in the city is the Kasbah (fort) that was built in the late 1400s to protect the city against enemies.
Symposium participants will have opportunity to learn about Tunisia long history,