Name: ___________________________ Date: ______________ Blk: ______ Qualities of an Ideal Settlement (a place where people establish a community) First Thoughts Map A B C Prioritized List Settlements (a place where people establish a community) Geographic features Difficulties Map A https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Map B https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Map C https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki Read the information about the Fertile Crescent see if the map you chose to settle on is where Mesopotamia was located. The Fertile Crescent In a region known as the Middle East, there is a strip of rich, well-watered land called the Fertile Crescent. It begins along the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the Fertile Crescent arches northward and then curves down to the Persian Gulf. It is called a crescent because it is shaped like a quarter moon. It is called fertile because its soil can be made to produce a good food supply. People were drawn to a river valley in the heart of the Fertile Crescent. The Greeks called this river valley Mesopotamia, meaning, “land between two rivers.” This area became one of the earliest centers of civilization. The two rivers that flow across the Mesopotamian plains are called the Tigris and the Euphrates. The rivers flow so much in the same south eastern direction that they are often called the “twin rivers.” They flow into the Persian Gulf.