Why was the Nile important to ancient Egyptians?

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The Nile River was essential to the people of ancient Egypt. It helped provide fertile soil for Egyptian farmers. The Nile River flooded every year, leaving very rich silt behind. This silt enriched the soil and allowed farmers to grow many crops. Some of these crops, such as papyrus and...

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The Nile River was essential to the people of ancient Egypt. It helped provide fertile soil for Egyptian farmers. The Nile River flooded every year, leaving very rich silt behind. This silt enriched the soil and allowed farmers to grow many crops. Some of these crops, such as papyrus and wheat, could then be used for trade. Papyrus was made into paper, which allowed the ancient Egyptians to keep records of various things. Papyrus also was used to build things such as rafts.

The Nile River also was used for trade, transportation, and food. People could send products by boat along the Nile River, allowing the ancient Egyptians to trade with other people and with other countries. The Nile made it easier for people to get from place to place. The fish in the river were a source of food.

It would have been very difficult for the ancient Egyptians to have been as successful as they were without the Nile River.

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The Nile was very important to the people of Ancient Egypt because it essentially made their economy possible.  It allowed them to do agriculture and to engage in trade.

Like all ancient people, the Ancient Egyptians relied on agriculture for most of their economy.  The Nile made agriculture possible in Egypt.  Every year, the river flooded.  When the floods receded, they left layers of silt on the areas that had been flooded.  This silt helped make the land fertile, allowing the Egyptians to grow enough crops near the Nile to feed everyone.  In other parts of Egypt not flooded by the Nile, the land was not fertile enough for agriculture.  The Nile, then, was necessary for Egyptian agriculture.

The Egyptians also used the Nile for other things.  It was a source of papyrus that they used to make paper, boats, and other things.  It was a source for fish and for waterfowl.  It also made it easier for them to trade both within Egypt and with other countries.  The Egyptians could ship goods up and down the Nile, allowing them to be moved easily from place to place.  This made trade easier and helped the Egyptian economy.  In these ways, the Nile made the Ancient Egyptian economy possible.

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