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How did the Greeks defeat the Persians in the Battle of Salamis?
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  1. The Greeks knew they were better off fighting the invading Persians at sea, so in 480 B.C., when Athenian leader Themistocles saw the Persians coming on land, he let them take his city. Meanwhile, Themistocles had amassed naval forces. Persian leader Xerxes fell for Themistocles' plan, and Xerxes sent his fleet to block the end of the strait between Salamis and mainland Greece. Even though there were more Persians than Greeks, it did them no good in the narrow waters. The Greeks were more heavily armed, and the Persians lost the battle of Salamis.

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