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In the year 221 BCE there was a great ruler over the Chin kingdom in China named Shih Huang Ti Shih was power hungry and wanted more land so he gathered his army and captured the surrounding kingdoms As the ruler of so many kingdoms he became the first emperor of China Shih showed his tyranny when he burned all history books to insure that his people and future generations would only remember him and none of the earlier rulers He had a strong army but the fierce tribes north of China the Mongols and the Huns were stronger These nomadic tribes would come into China and steal crops and animals and then destroy everything left behind Shih was very disturbed with these invasions so in the year 214 BCE he freed prisoners and gathered workers and herds of animals He gave all this to Meng Tien his loyal general Meng and the men and animals were sent north to fortify Shihs kingdoms from invading armies Shih planned to make a great wall by extending and enlarging preexisting walls made by previous rulers This great wall would serve as a barricade to keep out all tribes that wanted to invade China It also served to separate the civilized acts of the farmers in China to the barbaric acts of the nomadic tribes What Shih did not know was that the construction would cause many deaths and much suffering to the builders of the wall The wall which Meng and his men created had watchtowers forty feet tall every two hundred yards The purpose of these towers was to alert the defending soldiers of approaching attacking tribes The soldiers at the towers signalled to each other by day using smoke signals waving flags blowing horns and ringing bells by night by lighting firework-like objects in the sky The wall itself was approximately fifteen hundred miles long thirty feet high and at the base twenty-five
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