Ming Dynasty Timeline

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  • 1356 CE
    Zhu Yuanzhang captures Nanjing, China.
  • 1368 CE - 1644 CE
    Reign of the Ming Dynasty in China.
  • 1368 CE - 1398 CE
    Reign of the Hongwu Emperor, founder of the Ming Dynasty in China.
  • 23 Jan 1368 CE
    Zhu Yuanzhang, founder of the Ming Dynasty, declares himself Emperor of China, taking the reign name Hongwu.
  • 1370 CE
    Civil service entrance examinations are reintroduced in China.
  • 1371 CE - 1433 CE
    Life of the great Chinese mariner and explorer Zheng He.
  • 1398 CE - 1402 CE
    Reign of the Jianwen Emperor of the Chinese Ming Dynasty.
  • 1403 CE - 1424 CE
    Reign of the Yongle Emperor (aka Chengzu) of the Ming Dynasty.
  • 1405 CE - 1433 CE
    The mariner and explorer Zheng He makes seven voyages from China to India, Arabia and East Africa.
  • 1407 CE
    Work begins on the Forbidden City in Beijing.
  • 1420 CE
    The Yongle Emperor of the Ming Dynasty establishes the Eastern Depot, a secret service branch of the state bureaucracy.
  • 1421 CE
    Yongle Emperor of the Ming Dynasty moves the capital of China from Nanjing to Beijing.
  • 1424 CE
    Death of the Yongle Emperor of the Ming Dynasty while on campaign against the Mongols.
  • 1472 CE - 1529 CE
    Life of the Chinese philosopher Wang Yangming.
  • 1557 CE
    The Chinese Ming Dynasty grants the Portuguese a trading base of their own at Macao.
  • 1573 CE - 1620 CE
    Emperor Wanli of the Ming Dynasty reigns in China.
  • 1598 CE
    The popualr Chinese play The Peony Pavilion by Tang Xianzu is written.
  • 1604 CE
    The Donglin Academy is founded in Ming Dynasty China.
  • 1628 CE - 1644 CE
    Reign of Chongzhen, the last Ming Dynasty emperor.
  • 1644 CE
    A rebel army led by Li Zicheng attacks Beijing, the Ming Dynasty's capital.

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1356 CE: Zhu Yuanzhang captures Nanjing, China.
 
 
1368 CE - 1644 CE: Reign of the Ming Dynasty in China.
 
 
1368 CE - 1398 CE: Reign of the Hongwu Emperor, founder of the Ming Dynasty in China.
 
 
1368 CE: Zhu Yuanzhang, founder of the Ming Dynasty, declares himself Emperor of China, taking the reign name Hongwu.
 
1370 CE: Civil service entrance examinations are reintroduced in China.
 
 
1371 CE - 1433 CE: Life of the great Chinese mariner and explorer Zheng He.
 
 
1398 CE - 1402 CE: Reign of the Jianwen Emperor of the Chinese Ming Dynasty.
 
 
1403 CE - 1424 CE: Reign of the Yongle Emperor (aka Chengzu) of the Ming Dynasty.
 
 
1405 CE - 1433 CE: The mariner and explorer Zheng He makes seven voyages from China to India, Arabia and East Africa.
 
 
1407 CE: Work begins on the Forbidden City in Beijing.
 
1420 CE: The Yongle Emperor of the Ming Dynasty establishes the Eastern Depot, a secret service branch of the state bureaucracy.
 
 
1421 CE: Yongle Emperor of the Ming Dynasty moves the capital of China from Nanjing to Beijing.
 
 
1424 CE: Death of the Yongle Emperor of the Ming Dynasty while on campaign against the Mongols.
 
 
1472 CE - 1529 CE: Life of the Chinese philosopher Wang Yangming.
 
 
1557 CE: The Chinese Ming Dynasty grants the Portuguese a trading base of their own at Macao.
 
 
1573 CE - 1620 CE: Emperor Wanli of the Ming Dynasty reigns in China.
 
1598 CE: The popualr Chinese play The Peony Pavilion by Tang Xianzu is written.
 
 
1604 CE: The Donglin Academy is founded in Ming Dynasty China.
 
 
1628 CE - 1644 CE: Reign of Chongzhen, the last Ming Dynasty emperor.
 
 
1644 CE: A rebel army led by Li Zicheng attacks Beijing, the Ming Dynasty's capital.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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