Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamian, Indian, Chinese, And South American Cultures

760 Words Sep 29th, 2014 4 Pages
Geography plays a crucial role in molding the economic livelihoods, cultural practices and daily way of life. Availability of natural resources, topology, and climatic conditions in a region can greatly affect the way of life of people in an area. It is important to note that architecture and most importantly settlements in a region are greatly depended on geography. Many ancient cultures including but not limited to Egypt, China and Mesopotamia are a perfect examples of how physical geography influences culture, economy, and politics (Us History). This paper will discuss how physical geography has influenced development of civilizations in Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Indian, Chinese, and South American cultures.
Ancient Egyptian way of life including cultural practices, economy, and religion were influenced by Nile River. The predicted flood cycle of the river a led to the growing of crops while other economic activities like fishing emerged (Baines). Egypt is mostly a desert and this meant that most of the cities sprouted around water sources, the most important one being the Nile River. The Nile River also led to one of the many forms of protections Egypt had, enabling it to sustain for a long time. The protection of Egypt included Cataracts, The Sahara Desert, The Eastern Desert, The Red Sea, and The Mediterranean Sea. The Cataracts protected Egypt because with the Nile being the easiest form of transportation enemies could not travel up to invade cities, and essentially…

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