Why was the Nile important to the Ancient Egyptians?

Why was the Nile important to the Ancient Egyptians?

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  • The Nile is surrounded on four sides by natural barriers, which also protected the people who lived along the fertile riverbanks.
  • A delta is a triangle-shaped area of land made of soil, deposited by a river. 
  • Because of the Nile, and the many gifts provided by the the Nile, the ancient Egyptians enjoyed a high standard of living and a relatively peacful time, compared to other ancient civilications. Gifts included water, transportation, trade, papyrus, fish and other animals, and rich black soil.
  • As the water receded, the farmers blocked the irrigation ditches to keep the water inside, water they used to help them grow crops in the rich black soil.
  • They invented a shaduf to help them lift water from the canals to the crops.
  • The Nile provided pastureland. Herdsman and shepherds pastured their animals in the marshes along the Nile. Beef, oxen, sheep, and goats provided meat, milk, hides and dung for cooking fuel.
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