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Indo-European Settlements

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The Hitties came to Anatolia from Europe before 2000 BC. and expanded towards Syria. Despite internal troubles and coups, they became a major political power and strong rivals of the Egyptians. Though Wars fought between Egyptians and Hittites were settled through a peace treaty, internal troubles surfaced with the vassals wanting to gain independence and finally a weakened Hittite empire was defeated by the Aegeans and the mountainous Gashga people in 1200 BC.

Around the same period, the northwestern region of Anatolia was under the control of Trojans - another Indo European tribe. Troy too was ultimately destroyed by a Greek invasion in the Trojan War in1250 BC.

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