The Great Wall of China

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The Great Wall of China The Great Wall of China was a great tool for parts of China. The Wall provided the some of the warring states of that time a protection from the other states. Over the years the wall had been constructed and broken down. The wall was repaired many times and was made from many materials. Many lives were lost in the construction but it turned out to be a spectacular accomplishment. The Great Wall of China began construction in 221 BCE, under the order of the ruler at the time, Meng T'ien of the Ch'in Dynasty. Meng T'ien ordered the construction of the wall because there were many attacks from surrounding city-states. At this time they did not have the whole wall constructed. Later more was added on and many walls were connected to form the completed wall. Since the wall was worked on at so many different times and by different people it varied in its size throughout the whole wall. The Great Wall was described in Meng T'ein's biography: "He ┬Žbuilt a Great Wall, constructing its defiles and passes in accordance with the configurations of the terrain. It started at Lin-t'ao and extended to Liao-tung, reaching a distance of more than ten thousand li. After crossing the Yellow River, it wound northward, touching the Yang Mountains." (Cambridge 62) Although this wall was considered to be well under 10,000 li (one li is approximately a third of a mile) it was truly an amazing accomplishment.The building of such a massive wall was definitely going to prove to be a massive undertaking for the time. Through public labor laws and other ways Meng T'ien had of recruiting workers he was able to get together about 300,000 men to build the original section of the wall. Since the wall stretched through the wilderness, it was not easily accessed by construction workers and by supply lines. Due to widespread diseases and injuries there was a major life loss with the building of the wall. There is an ancient Chinese myth that says

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