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Why were the Phoenicians able to retain much of their independence within the Assyrian Empire?

A

They had a defensive wall built to keep out the conquerers.

B

The Phoenician ruler was a member of the Assyrian royal family, granting the province special privileges.

C

They had vast trading ports in Africa and Europe, giving the Assyrians access to goods they could not obtain otherwise.

D

The Assyrians greatly admired their craftwork.

E

The mountain range in between Phoenicia and the rest of the empire made it hard to reach.

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