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101 Facts… Mongols!
Over 101 amazing facts about the mighty Mongols. It contains facts, photos and awesome videos that show us more about the Mongol Empire and the people that built it.
Ten Mongol Facts:
- Mongols were very tolerant when it came to religion. Almost every religion (Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Shamanism) had found converts throughout the empire.
- One of the most famous female Mongolian rulers was Mandukhai Khatun, or Queen Manduhai the Wise. During her reign, she won battle after battle in an effort to reunite the broken Mongolian Empire.
- The Mongols devised a postal system called Yam, which worked like the Pony Express in the American West. Records show that China alone had 1400 Yam stations. These stations were staffed by loyal men who had more than 50,000 fresh horses at their disposal!
- The Mongols were also superb archers. Their long-distance weapon was called a composite bow. Although it was smaller than the English longbow, the composite bow had twice the longbow’s range and could deliver a more lethal force to the enemy.
- A type of specialized arrow used by the Mongols was the scare-tactic trap arrow. When fired on the enemy, these arrows created a terrifying wound that left the wounded soldier wailing and useless on the battlefield.
- Many historians believe that Subutai (or Subedei) was one of the greatest people behind Genghis Khan’s success. He was considered to be the Mongol’s chief military strategist and one of the most brilliant generals in history.
- At its peak, the Mongol empire covered more than 9.3 million square miles (15 million square kilometers). That’s almost twice the land area of the United States.
- The fearsome Mongols who created one of the most peaceful periods in history. This period is known as Pax Mongolica. It took place after the Mongol conquests in the 13th and 14th centuries.
- At its greatest, the Mongol Empire was also the home to more than 100 million people.
- The Silk Road was the main trade route between Europe and Asia. It was one of the largest sources of income for the Mongol Empire. However, conquering it was not that easy. The Silk Road was 4000 miles (6437 kilometers) long, and in order to fully conquer it, Genghis Khan had to destroy or subdue all the Arabic and Turkish settlements along it.
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A detailed playlist of the videos is listed below.
- Wait For It…The Mongols!: Crash Course World History #17 by CrashCourse
- The History of The Mongol Empire by WatchMojo.com
- Mongol Empire by Randall Niles
- Growth of the Mongol Empire, 1206-1294 by by EarthDirect
- HISTORYASIA – MANKIND – GENGHIS KHAN by by History Asia
- Genghis Khan Biography by CloudBiography
- The Lost Empire of Genghis Khan – Ancient Civilizations by impincusa
- Kublai Khan – The China History Podcast, presented by Laszlo Montgomery by LASZLO MONTGOMERY