Ming Dynasty AD1368 - 1644
The Ming restored the Chinese Imperial traditions after years of war between rival Chinese groups. Hongwu proclaimed himself the first Ming Emperor.
1373 Major building work on the Great Wall to stem the Mongols and Manchu's
1406 Building work begins on the Forbidden City-Beijing. A triumph to Ming architecture.
1405 63 ships plus 28,000 men set sail on the first of seven maritime expeditions to discover the Wes