Although historians used to think that the Trojan War was just a myth, excavations in the 1870s by Heinrich Schliemann, using Homer's writings to find the ruins of Troy, showed that the war really did take place. Still, researchers maintain that the part about Helen of Troy being kidnapped is mere legend, and that the real reason for the war was economic. Because of Troy's location, the city could charge a toll to ships that wanted to sail through the mouth of the Hellespont to the Black Sea. The Greeks who fought against Troy were merchants who used the water route of the Black Sea and resented having to pay tolls.
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