Prepare Ye the Way
1500 - 1400 BC, the Holy Land
Shortly after 1500, the northern cities of Canaan and Syria, led by Kadesh, formed a great coalition endeavoring to end Egyptian expansion. They were decisively beaten by Thutmose III in a major battle at Megiddo in 1483 BC.
This time Egypt remained in full political power in the Holy Land, establishing garrisons in strategic cities like Megiddo, Beth-Shan, Lachish, Byblos and Tyre, and appointed governors in others. Native princes held some nominal power, but their sons were taken to Egypt to be educated and to serve as hostages.
Trade increased. The cities of the coast, especially, grew cosmopolitan and wealthy under the new feudal system.