Ten Kingdoms That Made Up The Chinese Empire

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Around 300 B.C There were seven kingdoms that made up the Chinese empire. One of these kingdoms known as the Qin Dynasty, was led by Qin Shih Huang; the first emperor of China. From his accomplishments, he was able to unify all of the Warring States to what is today known as China. Throughout his 35-year reign, he was able to greatly increase the growth of both cultural and intellectual. He was the emperor who built the Great Wall of China which still stands as of today. He is also well known for his work of the Terracotta Army; life sized clay statues that consisted of over 7,000 warriors and horses. Despite his harsh and relentless actions he took in the past such as killings and getting rid of most of Chinese historical text, he was the emperor who had a great influence on Chinese culture and history. Son of the king of the Qin state, Qin Shih Huang was born in 259 B.C. At that time, his name was Ying Zheng meaning ‘upright’. After his father’s passing at the age of thirteen, Zheng took over his father’s place as the next king. However, because he was a pre-teen, he didn’t have the full authority as king yet. For eight years, his late father’s prime minster administrated the kingdom until he committed suicide by the time Zheng turned 22; granting him full power. Zheng had an immense ambition to unify and subjugate the Warring states. He tried doing this by Qin State’s political, economic, and military strength. Because he had a strong defensive position in the

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