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River Valley Civilizations

Early civilizations formed near rivers to take advantage of:
  1. fertile soil and
  2. easy transportation. 
The four major river valley civilizations are listed below.
Civilization Name Best known for Key leaders Now part of what country
Nile pyramids, hieroglyphics Pharaohs Egypt
Tigris-Euphrates (Mesopotamia) codified law (Code of Hammurabi), social classes Hammurabi Iraq
Yellow or Huang He silk, gunpowder Kings China
Indus planned cities Indraya India/Pakistan



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