December 18 1271 – Kublai Khan Institutes the Yuan Dynasty with a Name Change

December 18 1271 – Kublai Khan Institutes the Yuan Dynasty with a Name Change5 (100%) 2 votes *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons A decade after becoming the leader of a portion of his grandfather Genghis Khan’s tribe of warriors, Kublai Khan started the Yuan Dynasty in the isolated territory of eastern China on December 18, 1271. Five years later, he would reign over land from southern Russia to the borders of modern Vietnam, seizing all of the Chinese mainland and modern Korea — the first king to do so — paving the way for the rise of Imperial China. When Guyuk Khan died in 1251, Kublai’s older brother Mongke took over […]