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Hatshepsut was a female pharaoh for twenty years (1478-1458 BC.) She became pharaoh after her husband, Thutmose II, died. The heir, Thutmose III, was just a small child. He was not her child. Hatshepsut made herself pharaoh while Thutmose III grew up. As Thutmose III grew older, he became angry with his step mother because she would not let him become pharaoh. He was in his twenties before he took charge.

While Hatshepsut was pharaoh, she made friends with people in other places so that Egypt could trade with them. She also protected all of Egypt's lands from invaders. Many of the old temples needed to be fixed. Hatshepsut spent the money to have them repaired. She also built many new temples.

Hatshepsut liked to dress like a man. Pharaohs wore false beards and the crowns. When statues of Hatshepsut were made, she was shown wearing the beard and crown.

After Hatshepsut died, Thutmose III destroyed many of the statues of Hatshepsut and the beautiful temples she built.

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