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Hyksos, Semitic nomads, invaders of Egypt, 2000 B.C.E.--6000 B.C.E.


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Egyptians {actually, we were enemies, but we had a relation}
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We were nomads that relied on our horse-riding technology and chariots to ride against horse-less Egyptians and used bronze metallurgy to produce effective bronze weapons and arrow tips, which seriously clashed with the feeble wooden weapons of the Egyptians. Due to our superior technology, we were able to briefly take over Egypt up until rebellions from native Egyptians pushed us out and formed what Egyptians called "The New Kingdom".


Our culture was not pre-set bur determined by a variety of influences through constant travel. Nevertheless, we are a Semitic peoples who, like most cilvizations, adopted developed means of weaponry and transportation that enabled us to travel and inhabit places where we believe resources are sufficient enough to support all of us. We originally came from southwest Asia, and since that place is pretty dry, our culture is firmly molded around looking everywhere for water except for where we originated, which is why we pressured Egypt in order to use their fertile land.


Religiously we were on the fence. Although we spoke a Semitic language, our religious preferences were not set in stone and vacillated with respect to where we wandered and what we encountered. Like other nomadic peoples, our exposure to various cultures and religions impacted our belief system and did not suggest that we were followers of Judaism, Islam, or Christianity--although our language was a reference to Bible, but that does not mean that our beliefs were the same.


Blog 1: 6000 B.C.E.
After we conquered the Egypt we successfully imposed our rule for a brief period of time by using Egyptian intermediaries to govern small sections of our holdings, but the fact that outraged Egyptians reacted to our control with rebellion--using the bronze weapons and horses we brought with us--ruined our chances of maintaining our stay in Egypt for a tad bit longer. Instead, we were gradually pushed out of the Nile delta. Following our expulsion, the Egyptian rulers that we temporarily ruled over strongly sought to prevent any more foreign invasions.
Blog 2: 6000 B.C.E.
Geez...we were so close to conquering Egypt--well, actually we had only taken control of the northern half, so I guess it would have helped if we had made an attempt at consolidating the whole kit and kaboodle, but what can you do? Actually that would have been kind of hard considering that we didn't have the biggest bunch of nomadic peoples...and the fact that there was some internal trade between us and the Egyptians probably didn't help either since it gave them the bronze weapons they previously lacked. Oops.
Blog 3: 6000 B.C.E.
After we were driven out of Egypt, alot of our culture was preserved there--our dress, technology {involving bronze weapons and the horse-drawn chariot}, and even our militaristic attitude. Combined with the availability of resources and water with the Nile river, the Egyptians branched into one of the world's most civilized societies after they integrated our technologies and dress with their agriculture and government.

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Bentley, Jerry H and Ziegler, Herbert F, Traditions and encounters: A global perspective on the past, Published by McGraw Hill, Copyright 2006, 2003, 2000
Thompson, Keith, [[http://www.keiththompsonart.com/.../ hyksos.jpg|www.keiththompsonart.com/.../ hyksos.jpg]]
Google image search--map of hyksos land holdings