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Semitic-speaking region and civilization in the Ancient Near East during the late 2nd millennium BC
An map from 1692, showing Canaan

Canaan was an ancient country in the Levant. In the Bible, it was the land promised to Abraham and his children by God. The Canaanite people lived in this area from about 2000 BCE until the time of the Bible. It covers part of the area that is now Israel, Palestine, Syria and Lebanon.