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China was renamed Yuan in 1271 by Kublai Khan when he established his Dynasty within the Mongol Empire. Robe with all-weather sleeves. 119 cm long, 224 cm. across the sleeves ,105 cm wide in the skirt. Outer tan silk damask, the lining a light blue silk tabby. Cross collar, long and narrow sleeves, comparably narrow waist and a wide skirt.


Genghis Khan, in 1207, led the Mongols on the first of many destructive, bloody invasions. Genghis Khan is estimated to have killed several million people. Ganghis Khan never learned how to read, but his success as a ruler resulted from his superior military mobility, strategy and organization. Genghis Kahn's grandson, Kublai Khan, conquered China and moved his capital to the city now known as Beijing in 1271.


Marco Polo was an explorer and merchant from Venice. He was hosted by Kublai Khan at his palace, Xanadu, and traveled throughout much of Asia. Explore Marco Polo's life on

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Butt-Kicking Princesses in History: Khutulun, the Wrestler Princess

Khutulun is remembered as a superb warrior. She agreed to marry any man besting her in wrestling, he forfeiting horses upon losing; she won 10,000 horses. (She was large and powerfully built.) She had 14 brothers whom she confronted and beat; she acquired great fame. She would appear on the battlefield at her father's side, make a dash at the host of the enemy, seize some man, and carry him to her father. This unnerved the enemy, enhancing her reputation as divinely inspired and blessed.


Kublai Khan ( 1215 – 1294) was the grandson of Genghis Khan and became the fifth Great Khan ruling the Mongol Empire from 1260 until his death. He is also the founder and first emperor of the Yuan Dynasty (1271 – 1368) that reunited China for the first time since the Tang Dynasty. The first ever Non- Chinese emperor to rule China, he reigned from Beijing over the world’s greatest empire reaching from the Pacific to the Black Sea.