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History 6, Review Lesson 24 – The Samnite Wars

Rome and the Samnite were allies, how did they end up fighting 3 long and bloody wars?

The Samnite wars began with the Samnites wanted to expand and attacked the Campanians. The Campanians called on Rome to help since they were on the fringe of Rome. Rome agreed and came to the rescue. The Campanians surrendered their land to Rome, so the Samnites were attacking Roman soil and the Romans, of course, fought back.

The First war lasted 3 years, and then the Samnites called for peace. The Romans and Samnites made a peace treaty and it lasted for 15 years until the Romans broke it by starting a colony on the Samnite’s soil without asking.

The Second war lasted 20 years. After 5 year the Samnites called for peace again. The Romans agreed, but put out very harsh and unfair terms. The Samnites wouldn’t agree to those so the war continued for another 15 years. Peace lasted for 28 years.

The Third and final war lasted 50. It started when the Samnites called on the Etruscans to help them defeat the Romans. The Etruscans tried to get the Gauls to help as well but they refused to fight againt Rome. The Third war ended when Rome defeated the Samnites and the Etruscans.

After deafeating the Samnites, the Romans owned almost all of Italy, except Poe Valley which the Gauls owned. I wonder if they fought the Gauls for Poe Valley? Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.


Author: sophiaelahirpc

Part-time 10th Grade student in the Ron Paul Curriculum. Full-time teen writer living in Singapore.

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