The Ming Dynasty

The Ming Dynasty

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  • The uprising that removed the Mongols and the Yuan Dynasty from power was led by a man named Zhu Yuanzhang. This man took control of China and named himself Emperor Hongwu. This was the beginning of the Ming Dynasty.
  • The Ming Dynasty gained independence from the Yuan Dynasty. After that, they lived a happy, peaceful, safe life by constructing the largest border structure in the world, The Great Wall of China. This enormous structure helped keep enemies out and covered a large amount of land.
  • The government was strong and government officials were skilled, alert, had successful strategies, and were prepared at all times to face a challenge. Emperor Chengzu and Zheng took care of finances, civilian issues, and communication with other regions. Also, during the Ming Dynasty different paintings and music in their culture advanced. The emperor's throne, bed, and dining hall were made of different materials such as metal, iron, and lumber.
  • Emperor Chengzu was the third emperor of the Ming Dynasty. He did many positive things to strengthen China like rebuilding the Grand Canal and establishing trade and diplomacy with other countries. He also moved the capital to Beijing and built the Forbidden City.
  • In early Ming times, China extended to the South as a result of a successful invasion of Northern Vietnam. The Ming government quickly decided to restore its boundary, and never again attempted to push Southward. Also, during the Ming Dynasty, Japan became more aggressive. In this 15th century, Japanese raiders, teamed up with Chinease pirates to make coastal raids in Chinese waters.
  • The Ming Dynasty collapsed in 1644 after years of government corruption and bankruptcy, despite the high taxes on the citizens of China . The high taxes combined with bad harvests pushed millions to starvation and caused many citizens to be homeless. This caused peasants to revolt. Then, the Manchu people from the North got past the Great Wall of China. These two problems combined brought down the Ming Dynasty.
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