Genghis Khan: Fierce Ruler of the Mongol Empire


Genghis Khan, infamous warrior of central Asia, was born in 1167. Originally born “Temujin,” he was the son of a tribal chief.

Shortly after Khan's birth, his father was poisoned by a neighboring tribe. This made Khan very sad, but it also eventually made him a very powerful leader.

In 1206, Khan received his title from the Mongol tribes. “Genghis Khan” means “Great Ruler.” As a leader, Khan took over and brought together many parts of central Asia into the largest land empire in history—the Mongol Empire. His empire consisted of savage peoples that would go into battle with their horses; they would never stop fighting until their enemies were dead. When Khan was in power, people were terrified of him because he orchestrated the death of millions.

Each soldier in Khan’s Army had two bows, 100 arrows, a lance, and a sword. One of their most famous battles took place when they invaded China on horseback by breaking through the Great Wall. They fought in China from 1211 to 1215.

Genghis Khan was a very cruel leader when he ruled, but he also changed the world. His power and rule will not soon be forgotten.

[Source: The Children’s Factfinder]

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