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Tigris River

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Definition: River that was a boundary of Mesopotamia, or the "land between the rivers" (Tigris and Euphrates) The Tigris was the eastern of the two rivers and flowed from a source deep in the Armenian mountains all the way to the Persian Gulf, about 1,200 miles. Both rivers were the lifeblood of Mesopotamian civilizations, giving them water and a vehicle for their trade and defense.

Related Resources:
The Ancient Middle East
Learn more about the area as a whole.

Elsewhere on the Web:
Ancient Trade on the Tigris
This great site takes you back in time to the ancient days, when the Tigris and Euphrates were the main vehicles for trade.

Tigris River Map
See just how far the Tigris stretched across Mesopotamia.

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