Egypt was known as the "Gift of the Nile" because it provided the Egyptians with food and water for their crops. The Egyptians were thankful for the river because it's rapids, protected them from attackers that would try to take over their land. The Nile also helped them build their houses with mud. The river was helpful to the Egyptians, because it was their only water source to go to when water was needed for their plants. It was also a good place to bathe or wash clothing.
If you would like to learn more about the Nile River and the Egyptians, you may visit the following websites:
Photo Album of Ancient Egypt
Images of Egypt
Nile River and the Desert