Genghis Khan Dies

Genghis Khan Dies

Genghis Khan, the Mongol leader who forged an empire stretching from Peking to the Caspian Sea, dies in camp during a campaign in China. The son of a Mongol chieftain, Khan united the many Mongol clans and tribes using both diplomacy and force, and was the leader of a great confederation by the age of twenty-five. He organized fearful armies of up to 250,000 men fighting on horseback, and enemy armies and cities crumbled under their overwhelming show of force. The massacres that followed the invasions eliminated notions of further resistance. Those who survived–and millions did not–were granted religious freedom and protection within the rapidly growing Mongol Empire. Genghis Khan carefully picked his successors, and his massive Asian empire lasted for another 150 years.