Kush Empire Research Paper

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Breah Kemp
HIST 360
Professor Peshkoff
27 October 2015
The Rise and fall of the Kush Empire
Nubian kings were the mysterious Black Pharaohs of what is today known as the Sudan. Their history and the stories of their reign has become legendary amongst Africans and African Americans seeking their true ancestral roots. Although, the Nubian history is written off as heresy by early archeologists. These archeologists were driven by their ignorance. They had no belief that dark skinned people, especially Africans, could have risen to such high lengths in power. But now, in the heart of Sudan, great new archaeological findings reveal the actual truths about the great Kush dynasty. I believe with deep consideration of the findings within this ancient
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Kushite traders passed along ivory, ebony, incense, and other goods from the South to the Egyptians who then traded with other Mediterranean peoples. The city of Kerma also had a strategic location along the Nile. With this, they controlled the trade route between the lands south of Kush and north of Egypt. Kush’s middleman role in the trades influenced a relationship between Kush and Egypt. Egypt was seeking to expand their empire. They also wanted to control routes that were specifically significant to their…show more content…
They had fallen under the persistent attacks of nomads from southern and eastern lands. Not to mention the steadily emerging Axum Kingdom in Ethiopia that challenged the Kush Kingdom and eventually contributed to its demise. After a thousand years, by 2000 BCE, Nubia gradually evolved, it became larger and more powerful than ever. Nubia became known as the Kingdom of Kush. The people of this kingdom traded ivory and other treasures from southern Africa with the peoples who lived further north. Around 1500 BCE Egyptian leaders sent armies that would overpower Kush. For nearly 500 years, Kush would be controlled by the Egyptians. The Kush people were forced to pay the Pharaoh a tribute. Eventually, however, around 1000 BCE Kush gained enough power to turn the tables on Egypt. The Kush people had gained their freedom from the Egyptians. In 724 BCE, a very large and well trained Kushite army was able to rise and invade Egypt. They gained control over

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