Ming Dynasty

Timeline created by JRS
  • Feb 8, 1368


    Expansion was great in terms of education. The government created free schools. Exam questions, though, were very limited to the thoughts of Zhu Xi of the Song Dynasty.Each student wrote an eight-legged essay in which the had to explain a topic in eight headings in under 750 characters.
  • Apr 6, 1368


    Li Shizhen spent 26 years of his life creating a medical encyclopedia. About 2,000 drugs were mentioned and gave over 8,000 perscriptions.
  • Jun 3, 1368

    Ming Dynasty Begins

    Ming Dynasty Begins
    Zhu Yuanzhang rebelled against the Mongols with an organization to lead the Ming Dynasty into power.
  • Period:
    Jun 3, 1368

    Ming Dynasty Timeline

  • Sep 4, 1368

    Zhu Yuanzhang (Hong Wu)

    Zhu Yuanzhang (Hong Wu)
    He became the first emperor to be named Hong Wu. He was the first Chinese emperor since the Han to establish a dynasty. He established the capital in Nan-jing. He created a tribute system to show China's supeiority. Rule was cruel during his rule.
  • Dec 31, 1368

    Ming porcelain

    Ming porcelain
    The Ming Dynasty is known for making pottery, although mainly for the upper class and the emperor, furnaces kept burning to make these.
  • Nov 21, 1402

    Yong Le's reign.

    Yong Le's reign.
    Yong Le may have been the strongest ruler of the Ming Dynasty and created Beijing as the capital. They began the Imperial Palace, better known as the Forbidden City, during his reign. He also expanded the empire beyond the Great Wall. He also was very much in to exploration.
  • May 1, 1445

    Later rulers.

    The rulers that followed Yong Le were not very interested in exploration later. It was very expensive, and according to them, not much need. The voyages of Zheng He, the great explorer, were discontinued.
  • The Ming Dynasty's End

    The Ming Dynasty's End
    Even later Ming rulers did not want to govern. The purpose of government was defeated during their rule. Many went into poverty. They had to rent land to farm and pay with crops. After many famines, the rebels broke out under Manchus, and took over the capital.