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A poor peasant named Hong Wu rebelled and overthrew the Mongols in the 1300s and would try to reinvent the Chinese dynasty by creating a capital in Nanjing and naming his new dynasty "Ming." This marks the beginning of the Ming Dynasty.
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Hong Wu and the Ming dynasty were worried about attacks by the Mongolian tribes so they fixed the Great Wall of China and made it a whole lot better building taller and thicker walls that had many watch towers, barracks and storehouses.
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In 1405, Emperor Yong Le had Zheng He lead several of the biggest expeditions of that time from China to Southeast Asia and then to India. He also traveled to the Persian Gulf and all the way to the east coast of Africa. Zheng He used hundreds of ships and thousands of sailors and passengers.
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In 1407-1420, Emperor Yong Le constructed the Forbidden City in Beijing with 100,000 workers. He built this to house the emperor and government. All other citizens were forbidden.
Between 1411 and 1415, the Ming Dynasty made the Grand Canal deeper, built new canal locks, and constructed reservoirs to regulate the water in the canal. It had many purposes such as transporting grain and carrying important government messages.
The creation of the bristle toothbrush, the building of the famous porcelain pagoda, and blue and white porcelain ceramic vases became famous around the world. A massive agricultural surplus helped grow China to be the largest economy in the world during the Ming Dynasty.