During the Crusades, the Maronites re-established contact with the Roman Catholic Church and asserted their communion with Rome.
The ties they established with the Latins have influenced the region into the modern era.
The monks who followed Maron spread his teachings among Lebanese in the region.
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The area of present-day Lebanon and the wider Eastern Mediterranean were subjugated by Cyrus in 539 BCE.
The Persians forced some of its population to migrate to Carthage, which remained a powerful nation until the Second Punic War.
Bechara El Khoury, President of Lebanon during the independence, Riad El-Solh, first Lebanese prime minister and Emir Majid Arslan II, first Lebanese minister of defence, are considered the founders of the modern Republic of Lebanon and are national heroes for having led the country's independence.
Foreign troops withdrew completely from Lebanon on 31 December 1946.
The region eventually was ruled by the Ottoman Empire from 1516 to 1918.