The Four River Valleys

Good Essays
Compare and Contrast the Four River Valleys

For reasons unknown four regions between 5000 and 2000 B.C.E rapidly expanded their land and changed at a quicker pace than other regions. They all had better agriculture, technology, development of state power and construction of cities. These rivers were the Nile in Egypt, the valley of the Indus River, which is now Pakistan, Mesopotamia between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, which is today known as Iraq and the Yellow River in China. These four regions although grew faster they also shared similarities and differences between ecology and their floodplains. As well as their society about settlement and labor and their involvement with politics. Lastly all their different cultures they brought to the area. However they all had one ambition to change nature and have it benefit mankind. First the four rivers all had a gradually warming and drying climate. Also dry soils and the reliance on seasonally flooding rivers and irrigation. Egypt had an advantage, in the delta region it supply all the things a farmer would need in the irrigation land in the south. Egypt had an abundance of food for a large population due to the floods that provided as a food source to the fertile. Most people lived off wheat and barley. However, in the Indus Valley the river was much more powerful than the Nile. The Indus Valley flooded twice a year; this allowed farmers to grow two crops all year, wheat and barley. Just like Egypt the Indus Valley depended on those two food sources to survive. The floodplain was broader in the Indus Valley but no region was as rich as the Nile delta. Egypt wealth came from the fullness of its agriculture. The Indus Valley focus was on territorial expansion to feed their population. The Nile and Indus Valley spilled and receded to a predictable rhythm but the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers could flood anytime. They didn’t just have floods that took part in their environment they also had desert

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Good Essays

    River Valleys

    • 525 Words
    • 3 Pages

    special characteristics that make up Earth’s surface include various climates, countries, peoples, and natural resources. River valleys, mountains, deserts, islands, rainforest, and climate are some structures that are considered as geographical features. A geographical feature such as river valleys had an importance in the ways people lived in earlier civilizations. These river valleys have had positively and negatively affected these early civilizations such as Egypt, India, and China. As people…

    • 525 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    River Valley Civilizations

    • 1001 Words
    • 5 Pages

    History Essay # 1 The civilizations along the Nile River Valley in ancient Egypt and the Yellow River Valley in Ancient China shared many characteristics in relation to many economic, social, and political structures, though they also have some differences. Water, whether it be in the form of a lake, an ocean, or a river, has played a critical role in the development of any civilization. With that being said, both the Nile River and the Yellow River had civilizations that strived because of them.…

    • 1001 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Better Essays

    indus river valley

    • 1077 Words
    • 5 Pages

    The Indus river valley is now Pakistan and extends into modern day Indian states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, and Punjab. The Indus river valley is a big flood area. There was a huge flood that killed thousands of people, others were injured and 150,000 evacuated. In the future, something like this could happen again due to the unpredictable flooding of the Indus River. There could also be greater problems like water scarcity, droughts, and food shortages because of the growing population and…

    • 1077 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Good Essays

    Indus River Valley

    • 395 Words
    • 2 Pages

    If the Indus River Valley people did not need the natural recourse that living by a river provided then they would have moved to a more defendable area to live. They were invaded many times throughout history and it would not make sense to remain in that area unless there was a specific advantage to that area. (Textbook) An account about death from the perspective of an Egyptian writer gives the sense of being active and doing things after death. An example of this would be soaring like a hawk…

    • 395 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Indus River Valley

    • 852 Words
    • 4 Pages

    The Indus River Valley The people in the Indus River Valley followed the same set of rules and had very organized cities which allowed them to live for 1000 years. The Indus River Valley took place in India. India was east of the Fertile Crescent and had two large cities. India was 900 miles long and 250 miles wide. Some reasons why a great civilization between 2500 B.C – 1500 B.C thrived there was the advanced nature of arts, science, religion, and culture. One reason why…

    • 852 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Indus River Valley

    • 936 Words
    • 4 Pages

    Indus Valley Civilization (IVC) was a Bronze Age civilization (3300–1300 BCE; mature period 2600–1900 BCE) extending from what today is northeast Afghanistan to Pakistan and northwest India (see map).[1] Along with Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia it was one of three early civilizations of the Old World, and of the three the most widespread.[2] covering an area of 1.25 million sq km [3] It flourished in the basins of the Indus River, one of the major rivers of Asia, and the Ghaggar-Hakra River, which…

    • 936 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Indus River Valley

    • 306 Words
    • 2 Pages

    ROKAIYAH RASSAM HIS 111 Final: 1. Explain the Social-Political System of the early Roman Republic in specific detail. (40 points): The patricians were the wealthy landowners and office holders, of noble background. While the plebeians were the farmers, artisans, traders, they could vote but cannot run for office. Last but not least are the slaves they were mostly prisoners of war, they were not consider citizens or had rights. 2. What were some of the many problems the Romans faced…

    • 306 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    (Early River Civilizations) The four early river valley civilizations were the Sumerian/Mesopotamia, Egyptian, Harappan and Ancient China. All of these civilizations were located on fertile river beds to make planting crops much easier. They all made technological advances in their time span and set the ground for future generations. The Sumerian civilization also known as Mesopotamia/The Fertile Crescent is located between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers….this is how it gets its name the Fertile…

    • 1053 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Fountain of the Four Rivers The Fountain of the Four Rivers is a monumental example of Italian Baroque style and eloquence. This sculpture is one of many that transformed Rome into the city we know today. There are many fountains that can be found throughout Italy. The Fountain of the Four Rivers is a breathtaking sculptural fountain in Piazza Navona, Italy. It is made of travertine and marble. This sculpture was designed and constructed from 1648-1651. On June 12, 1651 this magnificent masterpiece…

    • 767 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Mississippi River Valley I chose to write my paper based off of the article “Geologic history of the central Mississippi River Valley area in a nutshell” written by Dr. Roy Van Arsdale. Dr. Van Arsdale starts his book off by saying that we often associate the Mississippi River Valley with the adventures of Lewis and Clark, through Mark Twain, and finally to where it is now, expansive farming. He goes on to explain that in order to really understand and grasp all that the Mississippi River Valley has…

    • 640 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays