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Shoguns and Mongols – Kamakura Japan

By |2018-05-06T17:41:50+00:00July 27th, 2017|History, Japan|

First shogun of Japan: Minamoto Yoritomo (maybe), by Fujiwara Takanobu Who was the first shogun of Japan? The first shogun, Minamoto Yoritomo, established the system: all officials were pretty much military officials. Japan broke up into a lot of small kingdoms, which were always fighting each other. There were a lot of wars, mostly [...]

What is hemp cloth? Chinese clothing

By |2018-04-18T09:53:48+00:00June 8th, 2017|China, Clothing|

Wild hemp plant Before people ever thought of using it for anything, hemp grew wild all over Central Asia, India, and East Asia. It's related to cabbage plants. Probably hemp began to grow near where people lived on its own, without any help from people. Hemp likes to grow where the ground has [...]

Old World Cotton History – India, Africa, Asia, Europe

By |2018-04-18T19:35:05+00:00June 8th, 2017|Clothing, India|

India cotton bolls hanging from the plants India cotton farming About 2500 BC, a thousand years after people started to grow cotton in Peru, the Harappan people in India also started to grow cotton. We know because people wrote about cotton in the Rig Veda, and that was written about 600 BC in [...]

Kublai Khan and the Yuan Dynasty – Mongols in China

By |2018-10-05T08:58:23+00:00June 6th, 2017|China, History|

Kublai Khan of the Yuan Dynasty Who were the Mongols? In 1276 AD, when the Mongols invaded and took over China, they had already been ruling a large empire for about fifty years. Their empire stretched from India and Russia to northern China and Korea. Genghis Khan and the Mongols More about Korea All [...]

Toregene and Kublai Khan – Mongol Empire History

By |2017-05-31T15:37:25+00:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|

Coin of Toregene Toregene ruled the Mongol Empire for five years. By then she was not in good health - she was about 55 years old. She passed on her power to her son Guyuk in 1246 AD and went into retirement, where she died less than two years later. Mongke Khan [...]