The Tell el-Amarna letters show that, long before the invasion by Joshua, it was occupied by the Egyptians, and was probably a stronghold of considerable importance, as it formed a good strategical position in the hill country of southern Palestine.
As the whole coastline of Liberia thus fronts the sea route from Europe to South Africa it is always likely to possess a certain degree of strategical importance.
During the next two days the emperor examined his situation and dictated a series of notes which have been a puzzle to every strategical thinker ever since.
In these, as well as in his most dramatic success of Marengo in 1800, we can discern no trace of strategical innovation.
A partial explanation of this phenomenon may perhaps be found in the economy of nervous energy his strategical method ensured to him.