Geography DBQ M Essay

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The ancient people, and their lives, were greatly shaped based upon the geography of their region in water management as shown in documents four, five and six, agriculture and the domestication of animals as shown in documents eight, nine and ten, landforms that produced natural barriers as shown in documents one, two and three. Certain people found themselves located in a region that was dominated by great bodies of water. Therefore, it was necessary to focus on finding ways to manage the water and make it beneficial. Others found themselves located in lands with fertile soil and many animals, so they focused on agriculture. They grew fruit trees, planted crops, and used animals for their food. Others found themselves in lands with strong natural defenses, compared to others who were vulnerable to attacks and lacked natural barriers, those who spent their lives making weapons and creating walls. People that lived in areas with great bodies of water such as the Mediterranean Sea and parts of China with its many rivers flourished and spent their lives focused not only controlling the water but using it wisely, as shown in documents four, five and six. Lots of the people in China worked in digging canals, and extending their waterways to connect with their cities as shown in document four, 典he Legend of Yu Xia dynasty, China. This document displays just how much work they did to improve the canals and streams connecting them to the sea to avoid flooding. In 典he Legend of Yu the writer tells how the ruler Yu utilized the people to not only open passages for the streams but he deepened the channels and canals, and conducted them to the streams for a more consistent water supply which caused fewer floods. Document five is a passage from the 滴ymn of the Nilethat praises the many benefits the Nile River gives Egypt. The writer is praising the Nile to keep it 塗appyso it would not flood. It shows just how much the Nile provided and the people reliance on it. The Hymn is trying to praise the Nile for its good works to keep it from the possibility of flooding. Document six, a picture of Mohenjo-Daro gives us the view of an abandoned city. Many establishments were built around great water sources because of their benefits, but that does not mean there were not troubles. Some say after being flooded the city was rebuilt on top of itself, up to seven times, due to consistent flooding, because the advantages of the location were so great. One thing that would help us to understand would be an ancient document describing how the chinese and egyptians felt about their water systems, a first hand account of one of the ancient peoples describing how these people came across the uses for water that we know they did. Many people found themselves focused on improving their agriculture and farming, based on their location in fertile areas as shown in documents eight, nine and ten. In document eight, from Spodek, 典he World痴 History- The Origins of Agriculture and Domestic Animals it's shown that while in the mountainous region of the Far East the people concentrated on domesticating animals for survival, and in the flatlands of the Middle East the people concentrated on both animals and crops. Spodek clearly paints the differences in the regions: their focus on both large and small livestock, and crops that needed water sources to varying degrees. Document nine, 溺ap of the Ancient Middle East shows the Fertile Crescent and the lay of the land. The people had both water for their crops, and land for their animals to graze. The map shows clearly the vast area of the Fertile Crescent by shading for emphasis. In document ten it shows how the people in China recorded their lives throughout the year in song as 典he Book of Songs Their year revolved around the…