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Ancient Egypt by Joe Smoe Starting about 8000BC all of Northern Africa became a drier more desert-like place Back then man lived in nomadic groups of hunters and gatherer The climate forced man to migrate to more hospitable lands some migrated to Nile River Valley which is a vast land surrounding the Nile River There in this land abundant with life there were plenty of food and water for these people During the Neolithic Revolution 10000BC to 3500BC man discovered the art of agriculture this skill arrived in Egypt approximately 7000BC Humans were finally able to use the rich silt brought by the yearly flooding of the Nile River which annually flooded since 60000 years ago The Nile River is the worlds longest river it is approximately 4160 miles long and flows from the highlands in Central Africa to the Mediterranean Sea It is the main reason why the Ancient Egyptians were such a successful people the moisture from the river was the only thing keeping Egypt from change to a desert Even back then everybody knew that without the river they had no chance of survival First of all the main food the Egyptians ate were bread made from the grain grown with the precious silt and water from the Nile River Barges and boats made with papyrus reeds or wooden planksused after 3000BC were filled with different thing such as grains were floated downstream and carried by the current or if they needed to be floated upstream you would simply just raise the sails up and the ship would sail upstream the Egyptians invented sails at approximately 3200BC Although the Nile is such an abundant source of life it fertilize just a narrow strip of land eventually the Egyptians built large irrigation systems which would carry water into the desert Ancient cultures were often plagued with warfare and attacks from other cultures Egypts geography protected it from most of its
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