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Civilization is a term used in many different ways. It can
be defined as; people who eat the same kind of foods,
People who live together, people who speak the same
language, and so on. Yet each way that it is defined relates
towards the same topic; Humans and their existence on the
planet. Civilization is known greatly as a group of humans or
animals that live generally together and practice the same
Civilization, according to some historians, first came into
play in the year 3000 BCE. These historians look at
civilization as people who have the same dietary needs and
habits, who practice these habits regularly in order to
survive. A couple of years before 3000 BCE, the world
went through what historians call the Agricultural revolution.
They feel that because of this revolution, groups of people
started to come together to practice their farming ways.
Because of all the new food supplies that came about
through the agricultural revolution, the population started to
grow into little villages, which eventually turned into city
states. This caused people to look further beyond their little
villages in search of more land to hold their growing
populations. This caused groups of people to break off and
form their own little towns or civilizations. After a while the
people learned that by being in different places their farming
encountered different weather and growing conditions.
Forcing them to grow products that will grow more
sufficiently in their new conditions. This adaptation formed
new ways of living causing the people to become different
then the people back where they came from. These changes
have led to more numbers of civilizations.
With of all the new little civilizations popping up, and all
the different conditions, and not everyone being able to grow
what they need to survive. The people had to resort to trade.
Trade helps civilizations grow to be more populated and
stronger. Trade also encourages travel, which eventually
leads to exploration. And by people exploring they find
either more civilizations to trade with, or more land to
The Mesopotamians are one of the first major civilizations
to come into existence. They were able to do this because of
the agricultural revolution. The Mesopotamian region was
like a "big dust bowl" and much of the time was very hot.
Yet there was also times when there was too much water,
and the rain flooded all of the peoples crops, and turned the
water into swamp like conditions which were unsafe to
drink. In order to fix this and make their civilization strive
and survive, the people had to make canals, dams and
irrigation systems. These things helped the crops grow
greatly. Because of the great success of their produce, they
were able to trade with other cultures for livestock, and
other kinds of food and goods necessary to live and survive.
Once in a while a culture will find something that they are
really good at making, or something that they can make and
others cannot because of their geography and environment.
Some things that some cultures could make are pottery and
dyes for clothing. Some of the civilizations lived in areas that
contained soil that wasn\'t good for farming because it was all
clay. But with the clay they could make magnificent pottery.
This pottery was wanted by everyone, so they traded for it.
Giving the pottery civilization who couldn\'t grow vegetables,
vegetables and the farmers got the pottery. Another example
of this is clothing dye. The dye was made from fruits and
berries. Most all of the ancient civilizations dressed in
garments that were very dull, earthy tone colors. All that is
except for one culture who used juices from the purple
berries in their towns, to die their clothing. This civilization
traded their dyed clothing for other products, helping them
survive as a civilization.
There are many factors that need to happen in order for a
culture to strive and become successful. Trading and the
environment effect this process greatly. Without trade no
civilization would be able to survive because of the different
environmental factors. And without the differences in the
environments their would be only one huge civilization,
because everyone would be exactly alike and their would be
no need for different languages, growing techniques. without
these things there would be no civilizations and most likely
no human race.
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