National Geographic : 1946 Dec
Adelbert Bartlett A Few Camels, a Sleepy Bazaar: These Represent the Commercial GloryofModern Sidon Here dwelt civilization's pioneers. In fragile boats, Phoenician adventurers circumnavigated Africa and may havefound tin inBritain. With them they carried a simplified alphabet. They excelled as metallurgists, gem engravers, and weavers. They made dyes of unrivaled beauty. Acolor picture would show these burlap awn ings dyed in purple. Little now remains of ancient Sidon (pages 730 and 736). Its people have shrunk to 17,700, and they call the town Saida.