The Carthaginian general Hannibal (247-182 BCE) was one of the greatest military leaders in history. His most famous leadership took place during the Second Punic War (218-202), when he caught the Romans off guard by crossing the Alps.

Hannibal was born in 247 B.C.,in Carthage. When he was nine years old, he went on a trip with his father on a Spanish expedition; and before starting, his father made him swear to god to hate the Romans, which he did for the rest of his life.When Hannibal\'s father died, Hannibal\'s brother-in-law took over, his name was Hasdrubal. In 221, Hasdrubal was murdered and Hannibal was elected commander by the Carthaginian army in Spain, this is were the amazing story starts.

There were always tension between Carthage and the Roman\'s. He started from Carthage in 218 B.C., with 90,000 men and 12,OOO horse. First he took his troops right to the Roman\'s to fight them but they were distroyed.

Hannibal was getting mad, that Rome was trying to take everyone over and he couldn\'t take it anymore. He wanted to surprise the Roman\'s. As there were wars going on with all country\'s, he gathered up 50,000 men on foot and 9,000 men with guns and 37 elephants. They got into a little trouble, they had to cross Rhone, the elephants went on large rafts to get across the water. To get to the Roman\'s they had to fight Ticinus to get through there to get to Rome.