Queen Hatshepsut

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About 1500 years before the birth of Christ, one finds the beginning of Hatshepsut’s reign as one of the brightest in Egyptian history, proving that a woman can be a strong and effective ruler.
Hatshepsut was a master politician, and an elegant stateswoman with enough charisma to keep control of an entire country for twenty one years. Her charisma and experience could carry her only so far, however. She wanted to ensure the legitimacy of her position. The first was to emphasize not only her relationship to Tuthmose I, but her favor from that popular ruler. Hatshepsut dressed herself in the most sacred of the Pharaoh’s clothing, mounted the throne, and proclaimed herself Pharaoh of Egypt. She ruled Egypt for twenty-one years. She also moved to strengthen the position of Egypt within Africa by making peace with the peoples of Kush (or Nubia) and sending missions to the nations along the East African coast, as far south as Punt (present day Somalia). One of Hatshepsut’s crowning achievements was dispatching a mission to a kingdom in Asia (now India).
Hatshepsut died suddenly and mysteriously. Some historians say that Thothmes III, had her murdered. After her death, Thothmes III, tried unsuccessfully to destroy all memory of Hatshepsut in Egypt. Her temple still remains in the Valley of the Kings, once the ancient city of Thebes, known today as Deir el Bahri, and Hatshepsut comes down to us as one of the most outstanding women of all time.

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