The Han Empire 202 BC – 220 AD

The Han Empire

The Han Dynasty ran for over 400 years. It was an era of peace and prosperity and allowed China to expand to a major world power. The Origins of the Han Dynasty. In 202 BC, Emperor Gaozu, whose given name was Liu Bang, became the first Han emperor after defeating the last rebellion against him. The 7,000-mile Silk Road flourished during the Han dynasty, allowing trade between China and India. The major achievements of the early Han dynasty revolve around the first emperor to reign under the Mandate of Heaven, Wu Ti. Emperors were under heaven’s rule according to the mandate.

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