If you ask someone in the west to name three things they associate with Egypt, you will quite likely hear pyramid, Sphinx and camel, which are three Greek words.
[...] our democracy itself likely came about because of the example of the Iroquois/Haudenosawnee. In the 1600s, people were not sure you could even HAVE a country without it being governed by church-blessed Royalty. Cromwell and the Puritans were very nervous about that. But in North America, we found examples (which at the time Europeans approached as sovereign nations, and made alliances with them) which showed that a commons-based government WAS possible. When the Constitution was written (over a hundred and fifty years later) the Founders openly acknowledged taking many precepts from the Iroquois Confederation.
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