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Dilmun

Early state and trading center in the Persian Gulf that is mentioned in Sumerian records and was probably on the island of Bahrain, where a large fortified city existed in about 2800-1800 BC. Dilmun was at the center of a thriving trade system, largely based on commerce between Mesopotamia and the Indus valley in the 3rd millennium BC. It may have been conquered by Sargon of Agade, becoming part of the Akkadian empire in the 23rd century BC.

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