"The Women Who Was King"

Background & Personality

In 1473 B.C the first women recorded in history became king, her name was Hatshepsut. She remained king for fifteen years before dying. Unfortunately after her death the Egyptians had obliterated her role as King.

Hatshepsut came from a line of many powerful figures. Her grandfather, Ahmose I, conquered the Hyksos who invaded Southern Egypt. He then inhabited the Hyksos's territory for a hundred years to come. Before Hatshepsut her mother was the role of power, she had two daughters and three sons, however only one of her children remained alive, Hatshepsut. She ruled from 1508 B.C- 1458 B.C.

She married her half brother, Thutmose II. Hatshepsut became a widow with her one daughter Neferure after the death of her husband Thutmose II.

"She referred to herself as the 'female falcon". Hatshepsut was a more peacefull pharaoh, she chose to stressed peace. She was very respectful towards the people she ruled over.

Contributions to Egypt

Her main goal as pharaoh was to improve the economy. Another big goal Hatshepsut had for Egypt was to restore monuments rather than conquering land like the many previous pharaohs.

One of her greatest achievements was the building of the beautiful Deir el Bahri temple. Inside there are gorgeous, intricate colored drawings of ships and armies.


Hatshepsut died early in February 1458 B.C. Scientist have recently concluded she died from a toxin in either an oitment or salve she used for her skin disease.

After her death Thutmose III destroyed many of her monuments and documents, most likely to assure no one would attempt to challenge his son, Amunhotep II for the throne.

Work Cited

"Ancient Egyptian Kings Queens Hatshepsut." Discovering Ancient Egypt. Web. 8 Dec. 2014.

"Hatshepsut Biography." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television. Web. 8 Dec. 2014.

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