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The Fall of the Mongol Empire

ISU #4 (really 5,6)

Bob Bob

on 19 May 2010

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ISu #4 (really 5,6): The fall of the Mongol Empire By Rahim (hey, my name's in a circle) Some background information: The Mongol Empire was started by Genghis Khan At it's peak, it covered from the Danube to the Sea of Japan and from the Arctic to Camboja covering over 33 million km squared or 22% of the total land area on Earth. Pretty good for 80 years, isn't it? Genghis Khan died in 1227 at the age of 60... ...but the empire didn't stop there. It continued onwards, constantly gaining power. Genghis' descendants continued on with his dream of conquering the world. They did a pretty good job of it, too... ...until Kublai Khan got his hands on it. See, he liked boats. History has a habit of not liking boats. The Titanic The death toll was over 40 million. The Indonesian Ferry Disaster Bismarck Kamikaze - who knows what that means? It's Japanese (hint number one). Ok, no more hints. It means divine (kami) wind (kaze). That's stupid. Wind can't be divine... ...unless it's saving you from a barrage of Mongols. Which it did. TWICE. In 1274, Kublai Khan, armed with a fleet of 900, sailed to Japan. They would have attacked eachother... ...but wind made the Mongol ships fall apart. Historians say the ships might have been badly assembled, though. We don't know. The Mongols didn't give up, though. Idiots. They came back in 1281. But this time, they were B I G G E R This time, they brought two fleets. The first fleet set out from Masan and contained 900 ships. The second, more epic fleet contained 100,000 men in 35,000 ships and set out from southern China. All those boats were about 73 metres long. Imagine a blue whale. It's than that. But the Mongols didn't have as much of an advantage as you might think. Their boats SUCKED. Like my choice of words? :D
Their strategy SUCKED. Basically, they SUCKED. Like my choice of words? :) Then, he went to attack Vietnam. Thankfully, he only travelled on boats, not attacked from them. He still failed. The first time, the Mongols were busy with offense. However, they were only good at offense. Once they had to start playing defence... ...well, guess. After that, he went to attack again. This time, they were better organized and had more sustenance than the first time. They started out well, winning the battle at Omar. They then (amazingly) achieved a naval victory in Vân Đồn. However, they made a stupid mistake. Surprised? After that, Đại Việt's army began recapturing Mongol territory in Vietnam. Toghan had to split his army into two to retreat. Then, he went back to boats. The Vietnamese army then fooled Kublai into thinking he was winning. So Kublai followed. But it was a trap... The small boats led him to a prearranged battlefield. Suddenly, the Mongols were swarmed. Their combat formation was shattered by the sudden attack. So Kublai ran. So Kublai, being the brave general he was, tried to run away. But he didn't get far. Then, he ran to safety... ...where he was attacked. His supposed safety is so safe, isn't it? So his commander was captured and his boats were completely destroyed. Such a great outcome, isn't it? After that, he had some luck in Burma, Cambodia and South India. But they faced a rebellion in China. He also lost over 3000 men in Java. Soon, others started rebelling. Then, he died.
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