Kublai Khan – Ancient History Encyclopedia

Kublai Khan (Qubilai-Qan) was the ruler of the Mongol Empire from 1260 to 1294 CE. Kublai Khan’s accomplishments include taking over China and establishing Mongol rule there under the new name of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368 CE), and thus becoming the first non-Chinese to rule the whole of that country. He created the new capital city of Xanadu (Shangdu), established Daidu (Beijing) as its successor, and expanded the empire to its greatest ever size so that it stretched from the Caspian Sea to the Korean peninsula. There were setbacks along the way, including a series of campaigns with mixed results in South East Asia and two failed invasions of Japan in 1274 and 1281 CE. Kublai, the last of the great Mongol rulers.
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