Darius also made a first attempt to achieve a peaceful settlement

Darius also made a first attempt to achieve a peaceful settlement

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Darius also made a first attempt to achieve a peaceful settlement. Although the tone of  his letter was arrogant, he offered to cede a significant portion of Asia Minor to  Alexander. The concession was difficult to refuse, as the offered area had probably  been the objective of Philip's campaign. When Alexander read the letter to his officers,  therefore he omitted the section that included the offer. The offers, who heard only  Darius's arrogant tone, urged Alexander to continue with the campaign. Alexander sent  back a harsh reply justifying the Macedonian mission. It became evident to all that the  war would have to come down to a final showdown for the kingdom. In the meantime, Alexander began his march into the Phoenician territory, where every  city-state was under the rule of Persia, but almost all reluctantly. Many cities forced their  Persian puppet rulers to surrender to the Macedonians. Alexander replaced the rulers 
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