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Thousands of years ago people did not live in cities. Instead, they moved around. They followed herds of animals and hunted. They gathered nuts, seeds, and other food as well. Then people learned how to grow crops and herd animals. This meant that they could live in one place. The question was: where would be a good place for people to settle? There were some very good reasons for the first cities to appear where they did. One of these reasons was rivers. Rivers were very important because they provided many things, such as water for drinking, cooking and washing. They also served as a good source of food. In addition, rivers allowed people to travel more. Later, people used rivers for transportation.