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The site, on the Ras Ziyarah peninsula, has been occupied for a long time. The Phoenicians had a city here named Ramitha, and to the Greeks it was Leuke Akte, then it was re-founded and named Laodicea by Seleucus I Nicator, after his mother. It became an important port and an exporter of wine produced in the hills behind the city (Strabo 16.2.9). An arch from the time of Septimius Severus has survived.
Between September 22, 1930 and 1936, Latakia was the capital of the Sanjak of Latakia, a nominally automonous state ruled by France under a League of Nations mandate. The state extended along the coast and into the mountains inland.
Latakia tobacco is a specially treated tobacco mainly produced in Syria. It is dried over a stone pine or oak wood fire. It has a an intensive smoky taste and smell and is an important part of many pipe tobacco mixtures.
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