The Great Wall of China

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The Great Wall of China The Great Wall of China is a wall full of stones, bricks, tamped earth and wood, and many other materials. The Great Wall of China is actually the longest man-made fortification ever built. It was built from 3rd century BC until the beginning of the 17th century, to defend China's empire and avoid attacks from other nomadic tribes mostly the Mongolian and Manchu enemies. Most of the Great Wall was rebuilt, modified or extended throughout its 2,000 years; the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) built most of the wall you'd see if you went to the great wall. Nowadays it's China's most popular tourist attraction, although much of it has fallen into disrepair or crumbled away completely over the years. There were three major dynasties which helped to build the Great Wall. First was the Qin Dynasty. In 221 B.C. Qin Shihuang unified all of China and established the Qin Dynasty. Qin Shihuang who became the first emperor of China believed that building walls was the best way to defend his country from foreign invaders. He found that earlier walls had been disconnected and in 215 B.C. he ordered 2,000,000 people to help build walls and all of these people who got ordered were prisoners of war, and people who were found guilty of crimes and the majority of them were soldiers in the army. During the building of the Great Wall it took many lives and a heavy amount of money and materials. Tens of thousands of workers died each year as these walls were being built. In fact, it is believed that the bodies of dead were tossed into the earth that was used to create or build this Great Wall. Qin Shihuang died in the year of 210 B.C. and the Great Wall was abandoned. The emperors who came after Qin Shihuang added on to his wall and built their own. While, many dynasties helped to build and rebuild walls to defend China, Qin Shihuang was the first to come up with

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