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Ming Dynasty

Ming Dynasty

Ming DynastyIn the late period of the Yuan Dynasty (1271 - 1368), a peasant's uprising broke out against the Mongols. Zhu was chosen as general by a rebelling warlord named Guo Ziyi. After the death of the rebelling warlord, Zhu took control and continued to leed his army into the city of Jiqing, and changed the city name into Yingtian and established his own military base there. Through several years' efforts, both the military and economical strength of Zhu's army quickly became stronger. In 1368, Zhu Yuanzhang officially proclaimed himself emperor in Yingtian and founded the Ming Dynasty.

History of the Ming Dynasty

After the founding of the new dynasty, Zhu Yuanzhang implemented a series of policies to reduce the peasants' burden and to resume the production of the whole society. On the other hand, he focused much attention on the punishment and prevention of corruption among court officials. He also sent his sons to supervise the local administration so as to strengthen his hold on imperial power. After Zhu Yuanzhang died, his grandson Zhu Yunwen took over the throne, however, his reign only lasted for four years, making Zhu Di the Emporer. During his reign, Emperor Chengzu sent a eunuch named Zhenghe to lead Ming's fleets across the Indian Ocean. They visited many countries in Southeast Asia, expanding the influence of the Ming Dynasty in the world. Meanwhile, he began to construct an imperial palace from 1406, and moved the capital city from Yingtian to Beijing in 1421.

Pictures of the leaders

Zhu Yuanzhang

Zhu Yunwen

Zhu Di

Soursehttp://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/history/ming.htm"Ming Dynasty." In China History: Economy, Culture, Science. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Nov. 2015.


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