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Black Women in History Hatshepsut, Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt

Queen Hatshepsut

By Danielle Savage

“I have done this from a loving heart for my Father Amun;
I have entered into his scheme for this first jubilee;
I was wise by his excellent Spirit, and I forgot nothing of that which he exacted.
My Majesty knoweth that he is Divine.”
-Maatkare Hatshepsut. http://www.maatkare.com/

Queen Hatshepsut was a pharaoh during Eighteenth Egyptian Dynasty, an all-Black dynasty. Some historians believe she was the Pharaoh’s daughter who drew [baby] Moses out of the Nile.
Hatshepsut was married to her half-brother Thutmose II, who died quickly after he took the royal throne. She then led as co-ruler with Thutmose III, her nine-year-old nephew/stepson.  Once her nephew grew older, becoming a threat to her dominion, she locked him in the palace.
She then crowned herself king and pharaoh over Upper and Lower Egypt and built a tomb for herself in the Valley of the Kings, according to encyclopedia.com.
Instead of focusing on conquering new lands, Hatshepsut’s central focus was to open up Egypt’s trade routes She sent countless ships on voyages to trade and barter, expanding the country’s trade. She was the first pharaoh to appoint Asians to powerful positions.
A very religious leader, Hatshepsut pushed to counteract the idolization of Set, identified as the god Ba’al, the primary pagan idol of the Old Testament…
The cause of the Queen’s death is unknown. Some historians estimate that Thutmose III was about 30-years-old when she died. He was extremely angry at her, so angry that he destroyed her images and erased her name from the record of her many accomplishments.
But Hatshepsut name is still remembered and honored as “one of the most powerful women in history” (whenweruled.com).
For more information go to www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Hatshepsut.aspx or www.whenweruled.com/articles.php?lng=en&pg=16