One of Hatshepsut's major achievements was expanding the trade routes of Ancient Egypt. Most notably was an expedition to the Land of Punt, which became a major trade partner supplying Egypt with gold, resin, wood, ivory, and wild animals. Scholars still debate the exact location of Ancient Punt, but many believe it to be roughly modern-day Somalia to Sudan.Due partially to these new trade networks, her reign was marked by wealth, prosperity, and peace. Hatshepsut sent five massive ships to open trade with Punt; they returned filled with 30 live myrrh trees and other gifts, including frankincense. According to the legend, Hatshepsut was the first to turn charred frankincense into eye-liner. Apparently, she knew how to accessorize.Besides trade, Hatshepsut also oversaw an immense period of building across Egypt and may be responsible for hundreds of grand buildings and statues, along with her architect Ineni. Like most pharaohs, she added buildings to the massive temple complex at Karnak, but also restored old temples there and had two obelisks erected there; at the time, they were the tallest in the world.
Hatshepsut conducted trade with a neighboring country called Punt. According to archaeologists, it is believed that no Egyptian ruler was more successful in Punt than Hatshepsut. She strived to earn the obedience, trust and loyalty of officials in order to keep her enemies at bay. After her death, her successor Thutmose III attempted to eliminate any reference to Hatshepsut with the intention of getting the credit for her achievements. He erased her images in temples and monuments, which made it difficult for scholars to learn about her life.
Hatshepsut had strong supporters within her circles to ensure her protection. She mandated ambitious building projects, especially in western Thebes, that exceeded those of her predecessors. The most impressive building was the memorial temple at Deir el-Bahri, which is considered as one of the best architectural designs in ancient Egypt. She encouraged external trade that brought richness to Egypt, including ivory, gold, leopard skins and ebony.