Cheng JisihanClick on the names to hear how they are pronounced
When Southern Song Dynasty pleaded peace with the Jin Dynasty and the Jin Dynasty was on a decline, a nation in the northern part of China called Mongolia, with its leader, Cheng Jisihan, or Tie Muzhen (aka Genghis Khan) was just rising in silence. Han means Empire, Cheng Jisi means sea in the language of Mongolia, which symbolizes power. Thus the subjects cal Tie Muzhen out of respect to praise of his power.
In the year 1206, all the leaders of the clans of Mongolia gathered together at Wo Nanhe and held a meeting, in which they elected Tie Muzhen as the Da Han (big emperor) of Mongolia, and named him Cheng Jisihan; the Mongolia-Han nation was thus founded. After crowning, Cheng Jisihan established regulations of military, politics of Mongolia and of the language they used. He was the most compotent military leader in the history of Mongolia. Ever since the year of 1207, Cheng Jisihan started military activities around Mongolia. And he soon conquered Western Xia, occupied countries in the Middle Asia and East Europe, North Iran. Mongolia became a very powerful empire (Mongol Empire) with broad territories.
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