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What aspect of Europe made their civilizations grow more slowly than the civilizations in the Fertile Crescent?
January 15, 2013 10:49PM
Agriculture was born in the fertile crescent and was the reason that civilizations were able to develop more rapidly there than in Europe. Farming and crop growing and herding/raising of animals enabled people to settle in one place and develop cities, cultures and all the other traits that we associate with civilization. Europe had a much different geography. There were dense forests, hills and mountains and seasonal climate changes. This type of landscape was more able to support a hunter/gather society rather than an agricultural one. When the Europeans developed their agriculture, then they developed their civilizations.
In the fertile crescent, the land was fertile, which meant that the land was excellent for farming.