What Are Some Interesting Facts About Egypt?


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Egypt is considered to be the center of the Arab world and has the highest population of all the countries in the Arab world. Approximately 95 percent of Egypt's population lives on or near the Nile River. However, the Nile River only makes up 5 percent of the country's territory.

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Egypt's economy is supported by textile exports, tourism and agriculture. The country's main crops include rice, cotton, corn and wheat. Egypt also exports petroleum and crude oil products.

Recorded history in ancient Egypt goes back as much as 5,000 years ago. For a period of time in ancient Egypt, a woman named Hatshepsut ruled after her husband, King Thutmose II, passed away. It was completely against protocol for her to do so, and Hatshepsut denied her son the kingship and his inheritance. She went on to remain in power for 20 years. During this period, the Egyptians experienced a healthy economy, and Hatshepsut campaigned for expanded trading relations. She also commissioned the building of many temples.

The first pyramid in Egypt was built in 2600 B.C. The pyramids at Giza are Egypt's most iconic and attract millions of tourists each year. Pyramids were built as tombs for the Egyptian pharaohs and their families.

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