Egypt: the Five Themes of Geography

1416 Words Feb 20th, 2013 6 Pages
Egypt- The Five Themes of Geography Egypt is a land of rich culture, society, religion, customs, and prosperity. Tourists flock over in floods to marvel at the wonders of Egypt: the pyramids, the temples, the Sphinx, and the fortresses. But if the Egyptians hadn’t been lucky to stumble upon the land of Egypt, there would not be much left to see. Egypt’s unique geography separates it from other lands. Each of the five themes of geography, which are location, region, place, interaction, and movement, are distinctly different from the others and have shaped Egypt’s environment throughout the ages. Location is the spot or setting of an area. There are two kinds of location: exact and relative location. Exact location is where in latitude …show more content…
Every time there was a war, prisoners were enslaved. Slaves were common in Egypt. However, slaves in Egypt had many more rights than slaves in other areas; they could own property, get married, and win their freedom. The Egyptians also advanced in their technology. They invented a writing system called hieroglyphics, mummification, pyramids, and more. Egypt was a fascinating place with many cultural and natural features that allowed Egyptians to cooperate, interact with, and make use of their environment. Interaction is how humans interact, adapt to, modify, and depend on their surroundings and environment. The Egyptians adapted to living on the Nile. They depended on its water and its annual floods to provide their farmlands with rich black silt and water. In the silt, farmers generally planted wheat. Women took and ground the wheat to flour to make bread. The extra grain was stored by the government in the granaries. The fields were irrigated with water from the Nile. Slaves worked as laborers and dug the irrigation ditches. Egyptians also used animals to plow the fields. Farm tools were manufactured out of copper and bronze. Egyptian men farmed their fields in the spring, but in the summer, the land was no good, so the turned to buildings. In the fall, they harvested last spring’s crops. A surplus of food developed, which allowed division of labor and different people to be doing different jobs. Some people used the river clay to make