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FC: The Four River Valley Civilizations | By Amber Evansek

1: Table of Contents | Mesopotania facts and 2 Mesopotania facts and 3 Egypt 4 Egypt 5 Indus Valley 6 Indus valley 7 China 8 China facts and 9

2: Mesopotania In Sumerian science and technology, historians think that the Sumerians invented the wheel, sail, and the plow. Mesopotania is a plain. | The Tigris and Euphrates rivers are a part of Mesopotania. Before 4500 B.C., people began to farm flat, swampy lands. The land almost became a desert because of little or no rain.

3: Temple priests controlled in early government, Sometimes during war military leaders became full-time rulers. Sumerians were polytheistic, Sumerians believed their gods were immortal and all-powerful. In 3000 to 2000 B.C., Sumer's city-states were mostly at war with one another.

4: Egypt The Nile River runs through Egypt. Early Egyptians were polytheistic. Egyptians bodies had been preserved by mummification. The largest of the Egyptian pyramids is the Great Pyramid. A pyramid was an immense structure for kings as their resting place. The Nile was transportation between Upper and Lower Egypt. Pharaohs ruled as God in Egypt. Egypt was united into a single kingdom. Egyptians invented the calender originally to help them keep track of floods and planting season. Later in Egyptian history, slavery became widespread.

6: Indus Valley The Indus Valley is often referred to Harrapan civilization because of many archaeological discoveries. The Indus Valley people had a great achievement in city planning. Animals are an important part of the Harrapan culture. A major Hindu god in the Indus Valley is Shiva. The Indus River provided transportation for trade goods. The Harrapan culture was based on agriculture. About 400 symbols make up the Harrapan language. Near 2500 B.C., people in the Indus Valley began laying bricks for India's first cities. The Indus Valley had yearly floods which were unpredictable. The world's tallest mountains helped protect the Indus Valley from invasion.

8: China The river Huang He earned the nickname "China's Sorrow" because of how dangerous the floods could be. China's land is only about 10 percent suitable for farming. The North China Plain is China's heartland. One of the most important cities is Anyang. The Chinese people saw their country as the center of the civilized world. The most important virtue in Chinese society was to respect one's parents. The chinese believed the spirits of ancestors had power to bring fortune or disaster. To be literate, you have to know over 1500 written characters. Roads and canals were built for trade and

9: agriculture. The Huang He deposits large amounts of yellowish silt when it overflows its banks, which is why its name means "yellow river."

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