Trapani

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Trapani

(trä`pänē), city (1991 pop. 69,497), capital of Trapani prov., W Sicily, Italy, a seaport on a promontory in the Mediterranean Sea. The city's exports include marsala wine, salt, and tuna fish. Known in ancient times as Drepanum, the city was an important Carthaginian naval base and fell to Rome after the battle of the Aegates (241 B.C.). Of note in Trapani are the Church of the Annunciation (14th–17th cent.) and the Villa Margherita. The picturesque Egadi Islands (Aegadian Isles) are nearby.

Trapani

 

a city and port in southern Italy, on the northwestern coast of Sicily. Capital of Trapani Province. Population, 69,700 (1973). Wine and salt are exported from Trapani. The city is the center of a grape-growing and wine-making region. It has enter prises for the production of canned goods, macaroni, glass, soap, and wood products. Coral and marble are worked. Salt is mined near Trapani.

Trapani

a port in S Italy, in NW Sicily: Carthaginian naval base, ceded to the Romans after the First Punic War. Pop.: 68 346 (2001)
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Principal battle: Drepanum (Trapani, Sicily) (249).
Claudius Pulcher against the shore near Drepanum in northern Sicily; sank nearly half of the Roman ships while losing none of his own.
Elected consul (242) and sent to Sicily with a newly raised fleet to dispute Carthaginian control of the sea (summer 242); occupied Lilybaeum (Marsala) and blockaded Drepanum (Trapani), and readied his 200 ships for battle; his fleet crushed the unprepared Carthaginian fleet at the battle off the Aegates (Egadi) Islands (March 10, 241), destroying many ships and capturing 10,000 men (Catulus, who was wounded, did not command in person); negotiated a treaty with the Carthaginians, but this was later rejected in Rome as too lenient.