Geography helped shape early Greek civilization. Trading cultures developed in the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations. The Greeks created city-states for protection and security. Greece’s geography and its nearness to the sea strongly influenced the development of trade and the growth of city-states.
Suppose you were there...
You live on the rocky coast of a bright blue sea. Across the water you can see dozens of islands and points of land jutting out into the sea. Rugged mountains rise steeply behind your village. It is hard to travel across the mountains in order to visit other villages or towns. Near your home on the coast is a sheltered cove here it’s easy to anchor a boat.