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Temujin

1200

Temujin sought to unify the Mongols

Genghis Khan

1206

Temujin accepts his name of Genghis khan, or universal ruler of the Mongols

Invades Jin Empire

1211

Genghis Khan invades northern Jin Empire

Mongols conquer

1225

The Mongols destroyed one city after another—Utrar, Samarkand, Bukhara—and slaughtered many inhabitants. By 1225 Central Asia was under Mongol control

Genghis khan dies

1227

Genghis Khan died in 1227—not from violence, but from illness. His successors continued to expand his empire. In less than 50 years, the Mongols conquered ter- ritory from China to Poland. In so doing, they created the largest unified land empire in history

Mongols divide empire

1260

Mongols had divided their huge empire into four regions, or khanates

Marco Polo

1275

Marco Polo. He traveled by caravan on the Silk Roads with his father and uncle, arriving at Kublai Khan’s court around 1275

Great khan

1281

Great Khan sent huge fleets against Japan

Kublai khan dies

1299

Kublai khan dies