In contrast, the Phoenicians, the most significant of the Greek states involved in sailing were greatly concerned about the strengthening of its naval power to protect the trade and its interests overseas.
There is a legend that in prehistoric times the mythical King Minos of Crete, to the possession of the sea and clear it from the Carian pirates, marine police started a navy. At the beginning of historical time Corinth did the same in their waters; Megara, Aegina and the larger Greek states of Asia Minor followed suit. All these factors contributed to the development of the Greek trade.
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