Silk Road Maritime Route

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Nanjing (1368-1450)

Nanjing (1368-1450)

Mongols had ruled China since 1271 but plague, disease and increasing demands on the population led to discontent and revolt. In 1356 rebel forces seized Nanjing and it eventually became the capital of the new Ming dynasty.

Maritime Silk Roads History

Maritime Silk Roads History

Read through carefully selected articles and resources on the history of the Maritime Silk Roads. Some resources are available in English or Chinese.