Ap World History Essay

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How were the needs for water and economic structures in some of the earliest of world’s civilizations cities and states met around 3100 BCE-100 CE and how did they get there? The cities and states back then depended on working waterways and architectural growth in order for their population to thrive. The larger the population, the greater the need for more easily and readily available water. When we think of a large population, we often think of the word civilization and if they had certain traditions that may have been passed down. Some of the first known civilizations were that of ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt which were located along the well-known Nile, Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. They had traditions just like any other culture, but the Mesopotamians wrote them down allowing historians a glimpse into their culture and their need for water. By looking at these civilizations today, we can talk about the political and economic factors of how water supplies were regulated around Mesopotamia and…show more content…
“In addition to demonstrating that people could transport and store food effectively, the presence of cities also indicates that people were producing enough surplus food to allow for a specialization of labor” (Wheeler 1). So in short, we could say that if everyone was a farmer with this new access to water and new technology, then no one would be building the city or preparing for the future. There would be no storage bins for grains, no roads and no one to govern the city and create written laws or policies for their growth. Supplying the city with water wasn’t just a technical issue, but it also affected the economical, legal and political development of any ancient
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