was a young and ambitious Carthaginian general whose military genius has been rated as equal to that of Alexander the Great!
-_______forced Rome to declare war in 219 B.C. by attacking a Roman ally - the city of Sagento in Spain.
-_______strategy: He didn't want a head-on attack with the Romans. ______wanted to surprise the Romans ... engaged in a long trek from Spain across France and through the Alps.
-With 9,000 cavalry, 60 African war elephants, and about 45,000/50,000 infantrymen, _______crossed through southern Gaul and over the Alps into Italy.
-The difficult journey cost ______about half of his men, much of his equipment, and all but one elephant.
-For more than a decade, he marched his forces up and down the Italian peninsula at will!
-This brilliant Carthaginian general won battle after battle against the desperate Romans.