The Great Wall of China

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The Great Wall of China

- The First Emperor of China - Qin Shi Huangdi started this Great Wall.- The wall was mainly built in the Ming Dynasty, between the 14th century and the 17th century.- There are watch-towers at every interval to see for any atttack.- An archaelogical survey measured out that the wall is around 20,000 km long with all of its branches. - The Great Wall starts from Hushan, Liaoning in the east, and stops at Jiayuguan Pass, Gansu, in the west.- The Great Wall of China is one of the most amazing constructions in human history, also the world's largest military structure.

What Was It Made Of?

Qin Shi Huangdi built the wall not as a tourist site but for protecting his empire from nomadic tribes who stole and took food from farms. It was also built do that you could see from the watch-towers for early preparation for battle etc. and other defensive needs.It was also used as a transportation corridor and for delivering items to the Silk Road.

The Great Wall of China were made from mainly bricks, stone limestone and granite, but some bits were made of dirt and wood from nearby. There was also usage of tamped earth and other materials.

You can see the Great Wall from space!

How Was It Built?

The wall was built in sections in different periods in Chinese history. Starting in the 3rd Century BCE. Each bit of the wall was built independently connecting the rest of the sections together as a group. Every single emperor of each dynasty would add on to it make it longer and longer. They just kept adding and improving on it as the time goes by. The people who made the wall were either used as a punishment or where conscripted, some of the builders included ordinary people, convicts, soldiers and even children.

The Great Wall of China

Basic Facts

There was around 1 milllion people (possible more) who died during the process of making it, they died from exhaustion, starvation, diseases, fell off the edge from rocks that fell and the caved walls. To those who died on the wall, were simply just buried ontop of like longer bricks, part of the wall, causing the Wall to be also known as "The Longest Cemetery on Earth".

What Happened to The Builders?

Did You Know?

There were already walls to defend the empire but there were many gaps to let the tribes in.

The builders of the wall were only given enough food to keep them alive, they weren't even paid to work as it was slave labour.

Treament of The Builders?

What Happened to The Wall After?

When China was invaded in the 17th century by a nomadic group named the Manchus and taken power, the need of the wall didn't really exist anymore as there was no one to keep out. So the construction of the wall stopped.

What Was The Main Point of The Wall?


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