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  • Family-Based Communities
  • My cousin Larry here is helping me harvest the wheat for our community!
  • Sure thing! And when we have finally harvested all of our wheat, we can trade with neighboring communities!
  • Wheat Field
  • Villages
  • Oh no! Outside invaders are destroying our wall! What will we do?!?!
  • Lucky for us, we have a whole village full of extended families. Together, we unite for protection against attacks!
  • Towns and Cities
  • Cool! By smelting iron ore, I am able to use the melted iron and bend it into tools for our people.  
  • These types of communities worked together to produce the goods they all needed. By working together, extended families were able to harvest their own crops, plant seeds, and clear the fields. Meanwhile, to get the goods they lacked, people traded with one another to obtain additional resources.
  • Towns and Cities
  • Meanwhile...
  • Wow! With these new  iron tools, our farmers have  harvested  a surplus amount of crops!!!
  • As family-based communities joined together to form villages, people worked together to get needed help. For instance, villagers might work together to control a flooding river or mine for resources. This factor allowed families to band together to protect and grow the vliiage.
  • Kingdoms
  • I have become extremely wealthy from all of these merchants! This is great news- I will finally be able to raise a large army!
  • As ironworking spread and blacksmiths used iron as a resource to produce new tools, farmers could use those tools to produce crops more efficiently and quickly.
  • Kingdoms
  • My large army has finally conquered more land from our surrounding kingdoms!  With me as their new ruler, they will be forced to pay tribute to me.
  • With the surplus amount of crops, larger villages could be more supported where people were able to work at numerous trades. As villages located near rivers then grew into crucial trading sites, the specialization of goods resulted in many market centers to become wealthy off of trade.
  • As trade increased and kingdoms took rise, rulers could use the wealth they gained from taxes to raise armies that could then conquer more land.
  • As kingdoms conquered more land, the people living there were forced to pay tribute to the ruler. Tribute, which was a sign that the conquered people were under the king's authority, could also pay for the ruler's protection against outside invaders.
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