The Nile River Cycle

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The reign of the pharaohs from 2920 BCE-30 BCE one thing shaped this complex civilization, and that was the mighty Nile river. Each year, the waters of the Nile river, rained down on the Ancient Egyptian civilization with the annual flood, the agriculture, and inspiring them to trade and transport goods. Their way of life could be seen in the reflection of the river. What they have left behind for us to tell their story all started with the Nile. The Nile river flood cycle occurs in three different seasons that are four months long, which oppresses to what we have now which is four three month seans. Their first season was Akhet which occurred from mid-June to mid-October as mentioned in Document B. The fields were floodplain covered in water and fertilized by a new load of silt. During this time, farmers worked off their public-labor tax, doing jobs like canal repair or quarrying. This was also a big time for government projects like building palaces and tombs, no farming was to be done during this time. It was hoped that the flood was not too low…show more content…
It flows south to the north against the north wind, boats traveling upstream against the river used sails and rowers. If they were to travel downstream to the north they could float with the steering of oars. It could push a boat at four miles per hour during the flood season and one mile per hour the rest of the year. As stated in Document C, this was a superhighway for Ancient Egypt. It enabled them to move goods and people up or down the river. They could move crops from places of famine and it gave transport to craftsmen to expand their market. It made the national economy possible. The picture in Document C show two obelisks, for a temple and a mummified body being carried to its burial tomb. This indicates that royalty and common folks used the prominent resource. These are just some of the few examples of how the Nile shaped Ancient

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