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The Great Wall of China Thesis-based Research Essay Anyone can identify The Great Wall of China It is considered to be the Eighth Wonder of the World and it is also the only man-made structure that can be viewed from the Earths orbit contrary to the belief that it can be seen from the Moon Silverberg states It is a monster of stone It sprawls over valleys up the steep mountainsides through the thirsty deserts It dances on the summits of towering peaks reaching for the highest pinnacles It stretches on and on a grayish-blue streak a ribbon in the distance striking toward the horizon x The 1850 mile long wall would run across the US from Los Angeles to the banks of the Mississippi River in St Louis New York to Kansas or from Rome to the shores of Portugal Silverberg ix-x The materials of the Great Wall built into an eight feet high three feet thick barrier can also go around the world once an equivalent of 25000 miles Silverberg x The wall can be considered as one of the dominant achievements during the Qin dynasty because of its purpose the laborers and its building process Known to the Chinese as Wan-Li Chang Cheng directly translated as 10000-Li Long Wall 1 Li is about 500 meters the construction of the Great Wall of China began in 221 BCE under the rule of The First Emperor Qin Shi Huang-di Lawton 1 Before Shi Huang-di was born China was split into three states Chao Han and Wei The three states started building walls to keep the other states and nomads from attacking yet still the states warred against each other As the Era of Warring States went on the Qin ate up its neighbors as a silkworms devours a mulberry leaf and thus became the ultimate Empire of China Silverberg 16 In 246 BCE Shi Huang-di became the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty He
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