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Timeline of the Chang Jiang River Valley

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by Elijah Velasquez on 18 September 2012

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Transcript of Timeline of the Chang Jiang River Valley

A Timeline Overview Chang Jiang River Valley Civilization Habitation by humans in the Yangtze River Valley first began c. 7000 BC, when early humans began an agricultural settlement on the riverbanks. Beginnings Our village began to grow, and agricultural produce, mainly a domesticated grain called millet, increased. As food reached a large surplus, the village grew and started trade with other villages in the area, beginning the Yangtze river trade route. Development 2700 BC heralded the invention of improved metals and smithing techniques, specifically iron and crude experimental alloys, whereupon commerce grew by leaps and bounds. This enabled further growth and development. Later, the Imperial capitol was established in our province, at Nanjing, the first-ever bridging point over the river. Improvements After the irrigation completed during the Warring States period, specifically the Dujianyan Irrigation System and the Zhengguo Canal, our province became the largest viable rice farmland in China. It even now supplies 35% of the country's rice produce. Nanjing in particular has vast economic significance, and became a burgeoning trade area, especially with the Imperial Capitol being there for several dynasties. Irrigation Transport and Trade From the "Golden Age" dynasties until modern day, the Chang Jiang river valley has been a vital trade center. This was due to the highly important geographic location of the river, allowing easy shipping and transportation. The economic significance of our province alone makes it one of the most important and prosperous locations in China. During this period, the irrigation effort was begun in an attempt to bolster the available farmland, having begun rice farming and changing it to the staple crop. Early advancements of the plow and farming techniques allowed mid-scale farming and specialized workers. This allowed for the earliest known development of pottery in the world. c. 706 BCE c. 618 CE + c. 2700 BC - c. 908 BC. c. 7000 BC Sources: 1)http://www.chinahighlights.com/yangtzeriver/yangtze-river-history-and-culture.htm 2)http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/651857/Yangtze-River 3)http://cheribermudez.hubpages.com/hub/Culture-and-Demography-in-the-Yangtze-River-Basin c. Modern Day :) c.3700 BCE 4) http://www.apipnm.org/swlwpnr/
reports/y_ea/z_cn/en/text_e/k30101.htm
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