My History Timeline


Temujin tried to unify the Mongols


Temujin decides he wants to try to unify the Mongols in 1200. He defeats all of his rivals.

Genghis Khan becomes the Universal Ruler


A Mongol clan leader named Temujin defeated his rivals. In 1206 he assumed the title Genghis Khan or universal leader

Genghis Khan conquers the Jin Empire


In the 21 years after he becomes ruler he conquers China. He conquers the Jin Empire in 1211. His next goal was to conquer the Mongols.

Genghis Khan conquers Central Asia


After the conquer of the Jin, Genghis turned to the Islamic region west of Mongolia. He attacked Central Asia and slaughtered its inhabitants by 1225.

Genghis Khan dies


Ghengis Khan died in 1227 because of illness. After his death his successors created the largest unified land empire.

The Mongols divide their empire


The Mongols divide their empire into 4 Khanates, Khanate of the Great Khan, the Khanate of Chagatai, the Ilkhanate, and the Khanate of the Golden Horde. A descendent of Ghengis Khan ruled each.

Marco Polo visits China


Marco Polo was the most famous European to visit China. He traveled by the Silk Road and arrived at the Mongol court in 1275.

Kublai Khan send ships against Japan


In 1281 Kublai Khan sent fleets of ships to fight the Japanese for the second time. Both times the Japanese turned back the fleets.

Kublai Khan dies


In the 8 years after Kublai Khan's death in 1294, 4 different khans took the throne because his relatives kept arguing about who would rule. The Yuan dynasty faded


Invaders from Other Countries Come


For 500 years after 185 BC, Greeks, Persians, and Central Asians come to Northern India. They disrupted Indian society but they also brought new languages and customs.

Asoka Dies


In 232 BC Asoka dies and the empire failed to stay together even with his noble policies of toleration and non violence.

Asoka Becomes King


Chandragupta's grandson becomes emperor in 269 BC. He waged war to expand the empire. He did feel sorrow for the lives lost at the battle at Kalinga.

Chandragupta's Son Assumes the Throne


Chandragupta's son assumes the throne and he rules for 32 years. After, Chandragupta's grandson, Asoka, ma the Mauryan empire the greatest it has ever been.

North India Unites Politically


North India was united in 303 BC because the Mauryan empire stretched more than 2,000 miles.

Chandra Gupta I Takes a New Title


After Chandra married the daughter of an influential royal family. He took the title " Great King of Kings" and his territory was Magadha and the area north of it.

The Mauryan Empire Begins


An Indian military leader named Chandragupta Maurya created an army. This army killed the unpopular Nanda king and in 321 BC Chandragupta seized the throne.

Samudra Becomes King


Chandra Gupta I's son becomes king in 335 BC. He loved the arts but he also had a warlike side. For 40 years he expanded the empire through conquest.

Chandra Gupta II Becomes King


Chandra Gupta II becomes king in 375 BC. He strengthened the empire by conquest and peaceful means. He defeated the Shakas which added their coastal territory to their empire.

Chandra Gupta II's Rule Ends


Chandra Gupta II dies and his rule ends. New invaders threaten the empire aft his death.

Gupta Empire Ends


After Chandra Gupta II's death the empire broke into small kingdoms and invaders threatened them. Many of the small kingdoms were overrun by the Hunas and other Central Asian Nomads.

Timur the Lame destroyed Delhi


The city was so destroyed one witness said "for months, not a bird moved in the city". It was eventually rebuilt.

Babur inherited his empire


In 1494 Babur inherited a kingdom in what is now Uzbekistan and Tajikstan. The elders eventually took it and drove him south.

Babur Won Against the Sultan


He led 12,000 troops to

Akbar's Rule

1556 - 1605

Akbar ruled from 1556 to 1605 ruling with tolerance and wisdom. He believed military power was the root of his strength.

Mumtaz Muhal Dies


Mumtaz Muhal, the wife of Shah Jahan, died in 1631 while giving birth to her 14th child at the age of 39. In order to enshrine her memory Shah had a beautiful tomb created, the Taj Mahal.

Shah Jahan became Ill


In 1657 Shah Jahan became ill and his 4 sons scrambled for the throne. Aurangzeb, the 3rd brother moved first and eventually killed his older brother who was his biggest rival. He also had his father arrested and imprisioned where he died.

Aurangzeb's Rule

1658 - 1707

From 1658 to 1707, Aurangzeb ruled as an aggressive empire builder and military strategist. He made the empire the biggest it had ever been.


Decameron takes place


In 1348 the book Decameron takes place about a group of worldly young people avoiding the plague. It talks about comic and tragic views of life.

Cosimo de Medici was the Dictator of Florence

1434 - 1464

In 1434 he won control of Florence's government because he was the wealthiest European of his time. He influenced others by giving them loans.

Leaonardo Da Vinci's life

1452 - 1519

Leonardo was born in 1452 and died in 1519. He wrote notebooks with over 3,500 pages planning scholarly work and engineering feats.

The Hundred Years War ends


Many cities grew after the war ended. Merchants eventually became wealthy enough to sponsor artists.

The Turks conquer Constantinople


They wanted to look back to the learning of the Greeks and Romans. Christian scholars fled to Constantinople in 1453 after the Turks conquered it.

Donatello creates the statue of David


Donatello created the statue of David after a boy who according to the bible became a great king. It was the first free standing nude in Europe since ancient times.

Lorenzo de Medici came to power


After Cosmo di Medici died in 1464 his family continued to rule France. In 1469 Lorenzo came to power, he ruled as a dictator but kept and elected government.

Michelangelo Buonarroti's life

1475 - 1564

Michelangelo was a great painter, sculptor, architect, and poet. He was known for the way he portrayed the human body in painting and sculpture.

Vittoria Colonna's life

1492 - 1547

Vittoria Colonna lived from 1492-1547 as a great Renaissance author. She was born into a noble family and also married the Marquis of Pescara in 1509. She exchanged sonnets with Michelangelo and helped publish The Courtier.

French king claims the throne of Naples


In 1494 a French king claims the throne of Naples in South Italy and launched an invasion into North Italy. Northern European artists that studied in Italy brought Renaissance ideas to their homelands.

Michelangelo sculpted David

1501 - 1504

Michelangelo sculpted David influenced by classical statues. The statue is 18 feet tall and portrays the character right before battle.

Da Vinci creates The Mona Lisa

1504 - 1506

The Mona Lisa is believed to be a portrait of Lisa Gherardini who married a wealthy merchant of Florence, Francesco del Giocondo, at age 16. Renaissance art portrayed the subject like they really looked.

The Prince was written


In 1513 Niccolò Machiavelli wrote The Prince which examines the imperfect conduct of human beings. It takes the form of a political handbook allowing it to do so.

The Courtier was written


In 1528 The Courtier was written by Baldassare Castiglione. This book talked about how to become a Renaissance Man.

Flemish painting reached its peak


Flemish painting reached its peak because of