Land Between Two Rivers
Cradle of Western
Why would anyone wish to build a civilization in the middle of the
desert in what is now lower Iraq? The answer: Because it was a wonderful
place to live!
thousands of years ago, early settlers began to build cities along the
banks of the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers. Natural wildlife and
vegetation kept them fed while they began to build their new world.
wove sturdy baskets from the weeds that grew along the riverbanks and
made pottery from the wet clay.
It did not rain much, but the early
settlers soon learned that if you irrigated the land, crops grew
quickly. These early people built canals to bring water to the land
from the rivers. They planted wheat, barley, dates, and vegetables
including cucumbers, onions, apples, and spices.
They raised sheep, goats, and cows. They
hunted wild game birds and other animals, and enjoyed fish, cheese,
eggs, roasted duck, pork, and deer.
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