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Empire of the Great Ming

  • Period: Dec 14, 602 to Dec 14, 644

    Xuan Zang lives

    The story of the Monkey King was actually based on this Tang monk from long ago.
  • Period: Oct 27, 960 to Oct 27, 1276

    Song Dynasty

    A time where great industry, and trade was encouraged.
  • Oct 25, 1268

    Emporers in China begin being treated as gods.

    Emporers in China begin being treated as gods.
    Emporers were known as the Son of Heaven, which told people that they were divine, and religion ruled all in this time.
  • Period: Nov 9, 1279 to Nov 9, 1368

    Yuan Dynasty

    The Yuan dynasty ends with floods, famine, and rivalries and it led to the fall of the dynasty.
  • Oct 25, 1368

    Taizu of Ming pushes Mongols out of China

    Taizu of Ming pushes Mongols out of China
    Ming Taizu, the only emporer to come from peasant decendants, pushes the Mongols out of China, and begins the Ming Dynasty. He helped out people in the situation he grew up in, and helped reforestation begin in China.
  • Period: Oct 25, 1368 to

    The Ming Dynasty

    The Ming followed the Mongol-led dynasty named, the Yuan Dynasty.
  • Nov 9, 1368

    The Hongwu Era Begins

    The Hongwu Era Begins
    Zhu Yuanzhang leads an army into Bejing, The next four events begin during the Hongwu era.
  • Nov 11, 1368

    Zhu Yuanzhang became known as the Hongwu

    Zhu Yuanzhang became known as the Hongwu
    The Hongwu means a grand military achievment, because this emporer lead his armies across Asia, eventually controlling, Korea, China, and parts of Central and Southern Asia.
  • Nov 11, 1368

    Hongwu built a large bureacracy to help control his kingdom.

    Hongwu built a large bureacracy to help control his kingdom.
    He discovered a plot on his own life, and took control, executing all involved and afterward he combined Confucian, and Legalist ideas to make the perfect government.
  • Nov 11, 1368

    Eunuchs gain more control.

    Eunuchs gain more control.
    Despite Hongwu trying to take all the power away from the eunuchs, they became more and more powerful. Later emporers supported them which helped increase their rank in society.
  • Nov 11, 1368

    The Examination System

    The Examination System
    The Ming revived a pure chinese rule to make the examination system better than the dynasties before. This allowed nearly any man to advance to the level of Confucian scholar and official.
  • Period: Nov 11, 1368 to Nov 11, 1424

    Hongwu & Yongle population thrived

    The population under these two emporers reaches a collective of 60 million, and there was over 129 acres recorded under cultivation.
  • Period: Nov 11, 1368 to

    The Tribute System

    The tribute system was used from the Hongwu emporer all the way through to the Wanli emporer, and used it to establish their empires as the largest and oldest civilization in China. This showed that the Ming was the parent of all Asian life.
  • Oct 25, 1403

    Ming Chengzu takes over as the third emporer of Ming China

    Ming Chengzu takes over as the third emporer of Ming China
    Ming Chengzu comes into power by civil war, and relieved his nephew of power, and began making a blood bath in China. He used executions to punish anyone who opposed him and his beliefs.
  • Nov 9, 1404

    Hanlin Academy established

    Hanlin Academy established
    Membership to the institution was stricly reserved for elite scholars, which formed the basis for Imperial examinations.
  • Period: Nov 11, 1405 to Nov 11, 1433

    The Maritime Expeditions

    During the Ming, under the Yongle and Hongxi emperors, China sent out seven great expeditions, which were led by a court eunuch named Zheng He. They had great success of trading with countries as far as India.
  • Oct 25, 1424

    Ming Chengzu loses his reign as emporer

    Ming Chengzu loses his reign as emporer
    Chengzu's bloody reign ended, to make way for another emporer, who would benefit from Chengzu making Ming sovereignty.
  • Nov 11, 1433

    Ming Anti-Commercialism

    Ming Anti-Commercialism
    Despite the success with the expeditions, they failed to become a rich world power, because China lacked the motivation that Japanese and European traders had. They made most of their revenue from lang taxes and they choose not to participate in the commercial revolution.
  • Nov 9, 1440

    Tea Manual 1440 is written.

    Tea Manual 1440 is written.
    Zhu Quan the 17th son of Ming Taizu wrote the Tea Manual 1440, and it told about tea rituals, and how to make loose tea.
  • Oct 25, 1472

    Wang Yangming Born

    Wang Yangming Born
    A very famous and renowned Confucianist writer of the Ming Dynasty was born in this year.
  • Oct 27, 1480

    Yan Song is born

    Yan Song is born
    A very corrupt minister of Ming China is born.
  • Dec 14, 1507

    Wu Cheng'en Born

    Wu Cheng'en Born
    Famous novelist, author of 'Journey to the West' is born.
  • Oct 27, 1518

    Wang Shizhen born

    Wang Shizhen born
    This intelligent writer wrote a book that described how to use over 1000 different drugs for medical purposes.
  • Oct 25, 1528

    Wang Yangming Dies

    Wang Yangming Dies
    A very famous Confucianist writer of the Ming Dynasty died in the year of 1528, named Wang Yangming, or Master Yangming.
  • Period: Nov 11, 1530 to

    The Mongol Problem

    The Hongwu sought to regain control of China, and sent his armies into Mongolia to obliderate the remaining forces. He managed to conquer the Mongol cheifs by giving them honors and guardianship. This did not help the Mongol Problem, and the problem didn't go away until the end of the dynasty.
  • Period: Nov 11, 1550 to

    Troubles With Japan

    The Ming suffered many low blows from Japanese pirates. Despite instating constant patrols, the problem didn't cease. The Ming decided not to trade with Japan because of this. They also learned of Japan's plan to take over China through Korea. The Ming troops met Japanese on Korean soil and the battle went back and forth until the Japanese finally surrendered.
  • Oct 27, 1567

    Yan Song dies

    Yan Song dies
    The corrupt minister dies, after spending most of his life as a very poor person, just barely squeaking by.
  • Period: Nov 10, 1573 to

    The Tribute System

    From the Hongwu throughout the Wanli emperor. They sent envoys throughout Asia to show that they were the largest and oldest Asian country and they knew they were the original source of all Asian civilization.
  • Period: Nov 11, 1573 to

    The Wan-li Reign

    The Wan-li emporer showed very little interest in matter of state. He let the eunuchs and other officials make decisions for him while he entertained himself. He also let his treasury deminish at the hands of the corrupt and greedy officials. By the end of his reign the Ming had alot more problems then it could deal with.
  • Wu Cheng'en Dies

    Wu Cheng'en Dies
    A famous novelist and a descriptive poet dies.
  • Britain captures Portuguese Ship, "The Madre de Deus"

    Britain captures Portuguese Ship, "The Madre de Deus"
    They found enough merchandise on this ship, from China, that it was equal in value to at least half of the total in the British royal bank.
  • Wang Shizhen dies

    Wang Shizhen dies
    This intelligent writer wrote a book that described how to use over 1000 different drugs for medical purposes.
  • Gu Yanwu Born

    Gu Yanwu Born
    A chinese philogist and geographer, who lived in the Ming Dynasty.
  • Period: to

    Donglin Party

    This party was made up of ex-Confucian scholars, and they wanted to return the Chinese society to the ways of old Confucian beliefs. This party became dominant and relied on the importance of moral integrity and shunned corrupt officals and high powered eunuchs. The powerful eunuchs tortured, imprisoned and even killed all of the Donglin Party until it was gone.
  • Soochow Riot

    Soochow Riot
    18 years before the end of the dynasty the Ming had to find a way to stop a huge riot that was the people versus the government, and the government had no chance.
  • Period: to

    Rise of the Rebellion

    Northwestern China was experiencing severe famine, and unwise ecomomic policies. A young worker who lost his job joined his uncle to start a gang of bandits that raided many provinces in Northwest China. They distributed food and punished the greedy people. As they descended on Bejing the last Ming emporer hung himself.
  • Period: to

    The Manchus

    With the assistance of the Ming armies, the Machus were able to defeat Li (The Bandit Leader) who had taken over. The Machus came to rule China in the Qing Dynasty.
  • Gu Yanwu Dies

    Gu Yanwu Dies
    This scholar estimated that half of Chinese income came from taxation on coastal cities.