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Eric Heath suggests that, as corn capital of the Roman world, Carthage offered a model for US farmers, or at least for the scholars who named the new communities. Eric says:

"Dipping into place name guides of various states of the U.S., one learns that many Carthages in this country were named by settlers from other Carthages further east. Also, the original North African Carthage, though destroyed, was rebuilt by the Romans, had the same name, and, according to the Oxford Classical Dictionary, was "the second city only to Rome in the western Mediterranean" from Augustus on. It was the capital of the corn market for the Roman Empire. Perhaps this all-important agriculture trading link was more basic for the naming of future American Carthages? "

Ronald Hilton - 8/14/00