A. Many environmental and physical factors have contributed to the development of early human society. For this assignment I will focus on the early development of Egypt related to the Nile River. Civilization of Egypt developed in the arid climate of northern Africa. The Nile River is a key geographical feature that helped lead to civilization. The area received very little rainfall, the Nile River was key to this development. The rivers main source of water comes from Lake Victoria and eventually empties into the Mediterranean Sea.
The river provides a fertile oasis in the middle of great deserts which allowed the Egyptians to develop into a powerful state based in agricultural wealth (Ask. com, 2014).
The Egyptians took advantage of the cyclical flooding pattern of the Nile, because the flooding happened fairly predictably the Egyptians were able to develop agriculture plans around the cycle of the flooding (Ask. com, 2014).
After the flooding the farmers were left with well watered and fertile soil in which to plant their crops.
In order to take full advantage of the flood water the Egyptians developed irrigation systems. This allowed them to use the Nile’s water for a variety of purposes. This allowed for greater control over their agricultural systems. Not only were the Nile’s water used to water fields for agriculture purposes, it also provided drinking water to the Egyptians. Egyptians grew a variety of crops for consumption, including grains, vegetables, and fruits.
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Not only did the Egyptians rely on agriculture for food production, they were creative in the use of plants, using them for medicine, as part of their religious practices, and in the production of clothing’s. All this development is made possible because the Nile River is in the area and the development of irrigation systems using the water from the Nile River (Ask. com, 2014).
B. Diffusion between early human societies- Tea Tea originated in China (Southeast Asia) with the earliest records dating to the 10th century BC. It was introduced throughout Asia and the Indian
sub-continent as a medicinal drink becoming an essential part of the culture. Eventually tea found its way to Europe, namely Great Britain, around 1660. The British introduced tea production, as well as consumption to India, in order to compete with the Chinese monopoly on tea, thereby linking eastern and western cultures (Ask. com, 2014).
C. Geographical factors contributing to the expansion of the United States. 1. Navigable rivers such as the Mississippi, Missouri, and Arkansas. This allowed for both settlers and trade to become established.
Coal is the largest commodity by volume moving on the inland waterways. The countries electric industry depends on this movement of coal. Another large commodity is petroleum which includes crude oil, gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, heavy fuel oils, and asphalt Without these navigable rivers the movement of these commodities would be much harder and would delay expansion. 2. Establishment of a series of trail systems, i. e. Santa Fe Train and Oregon Trail, allowing goods to be shipped to far lying settlements thereby encouraging growth and expansion.