The Importance Of Trade Routes

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The entirety of the human race have been heavily influenced, changed, and improved by trade since the beginning of time; this was made possible by trade routes that connected different groups and spread over the expanse of land and sea. Trade routes are the sole reason we are so connected to one another as a population- due to the fact that trade routes allow for the spread of different cultures, beliefs, technology, knowledge, and other odds and ends- all of which shaped and continue to shape the world to the way it is now. There was not just one main trade route that people traveled along, but many all of which criss-crossed across the globe connecting different regions and people whether they were an ocean away or just a shout across …show more content…
“Unlike Mesopotamia and the Middle East, where an original river-valley basis to civilization ultimately gave way to the spread of civilization throughout an entire region, Egyptian civilization from its origins to its decline was focused on the Nile River and the deserts around it,” (Guisepi, Robert). The Nile river stretched over an expanse of 4,000 miles and like the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, when it flooded the inhabitants of the towns did not cry out in peril but rather, joy. When these rivers flooded it brought nutrients to their soils and crops, the excess water allowed them to preserve and keep irrigation systems. The Nile river however, was not just a way to have an abundance of water and a supply of fish; the Nile river served as one of the first trade routes between Egyptians and Africans that settled along its …show more content…
This made trade of big, heavy goods difficult but meant that jewels, spices, and gold, which could be carried easily without a boat, could reach trading partners far away,” (Newton, Kevin). The Nile river became a very important trade route for the Egyptians and those around them, but it also helped to spread and cultivate the religion of ancient egyptians. Along the expanse of the Nile the civilians would build temples and shrines on the left side, so as others sailed down the river the sun would gleam off the temples and create beautiful color displays. It is known the Egyptians didn’t believe in only one god as many due now due to the spreading of Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam- but rather an assembly of gods. The Nile river was a symbol to the Egyptian people of ancient times; infact, one of the gods they worshipped was named Hapi. Hapi was the god of the nile, they honored this god during times of flooding to the fact that a prolonged flood period meant more sediment and soil for crops later on. The egyptians sacred religion did not spread as far as Christianity, Buddhism, or Islam- but the idea of having more than one god/spiritual

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