Themes in U.S. and World History, Gke 1 Wgu

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GKE Themes in U.S. and World History, Task 1 Leslie Eads Western Governors University Abstract This task is an excise to discuss how geographic and environmental factors have developed, and influenced societies throughout the course of history. Describing specific examples, of how geographic, diffusion and the ripple effects of such, have contributed to the developments of society and our current world. A. Development of Societies One significant geographic factor that shaped a society in history, was the Nile River. The Nile is the longest river in the world, and referred to as an international river, as it spans approximately 5000 miles of the African continent, according to Wikipedia ("Nile - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia," n.d). The Nile flows north through the Sudanese desert, ending into a large delta basin in Egypt. It is the primary water source for Egypt. The Nile played a crucial role in the development of civilization in Egypt. Life was abundant along the river. Most cultural and historical sites are found along the river banks of the Nile there. Three major cities, Cairo, Aswan and Luxor were born on the banks of the Nile River. One important factor of development of this society was that the river brought many nutrients to the basin with flooding periods, leaving behind fertile soil, rich for growing wheat, flax and papyrus (Baines, 2011). The ancient calendar was based on three cycles of the Nile. Each cycle was a four month period, first was the flooding season that brought the fertile silt. The second was the planting and growing season, and the last was the harvest season ("Nile - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia," n.d.). All activities surrounded the timings of the river. The river also made it easy for the trade of goods, transportation of those goods, and transportation of livestock and people. Rivers have always made for

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