Canaan or the Promise Land is the region in which the people of Israel, were promised to occupy by God through an agreement made with Abraham. Prior to Israel's occupation many Hamitic and pagan peoples, occupied the region, leading to Israel having to conquer the territory. The term Canaan is usually used to refer to the land, while it was occupied by non-Israelites and the collective cultural practices. Canaan was the subject of numerous prophecies, when Israel did not occupy the area.Canaan was a loose alliance of city-states.
Canaan began as one man named Canaan, the son of Ham and grandson of Noah. After departing the Ark after the Great Flood, Ham barged in on his father drunk and naked. Rather than showing modesty and respect Ham went outside and invited his brothers (Shem and Japheth) to see their father's embarrassing moment. When Noah heard of his son's behavior, he cursed Ham's firstborn named Canaan.
Growth of Canaan
The Covenant of Abraham
Later, God and Abraham, a descendant of Shem, made a covenant where God promised that both Abraham and his descendants would be in possession of Canaan, where he lived at the time as a foreigner.