Queen Hatshepsut, a great Egyptian ruler

Pharaoh Queen Hatshepsut, daughter of Thutmose I and Queen Ahmose, was one of the greatest rulers in the Eighteenth Egyptian Dynasty; which according to whenweruled.com was an all-Black dynasty. Rit Nosotro, a writer for hypetext.net, claimed that, “Some historians believe that she was the Pharaoh’s daughter that 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. Nosotro points out that once her nephew got older and became a threat to her dominion, she locked him in the palace.

Soon after that she crowned herself King and Pharaoh over Upper and Lower Egypt; and placed a tomb “for herself in the Valley of the Kings,” as mentioned by encyclopedia.com. According to whenweruled.com, Hatshepsut was very religious and pushed to counteract the idolization of Set, identified as the god Ba’al (the primary pagan idol of the Old Testament).

Instead of focusing on conquering new lands, Hatshepsut’s central focus was to open up Egypt’s trade routes. Richeast.org explains how she sent countless ships on voyages to trade and barter; increasing and expanding the country’s trade.

Whenweruled.com also points out “great lyric poetry was composed during her period.” She was the first pharaoh to appoint Asians to powerful positions. The cause of the Queen’s death is unknown. Nosotro estimates that Thutmose III was around 30-years-old when she died and was extremely angry; so angry that he destroyed and erased her name from all of her many accomplishments.

But her name is still celebrated and revered throughout history as “one of the most powerful women in history” (whenweruled.com).