This question concerns why Cretan archers were so prolific and well regarded during Antiquity.
As seen in Xenophon's Anabasis Cretan archers often were hired to serve as mercenaries in Greece and continued to do so during the wars of Alexander the Great
For example: Xenophon's Anabasis 1.2.9 and Arrian's Anabasis 2.9.3
My question is now: Why did the Cretan archers become such famous and often hired archers?
The rest of the Greek world seemed to hold a somewhat low opinion of archers, but the Cretan archer seemed to be a household name.
As seen in: Davis, Todd Alexander. Archery in Archaic Greece. Columbia University, 2013