5 facts about Genghis Khan, history's most fearsome conqueror

An excellent warrior and military leader, this man used the strength of his personality to create a powerful army and forge the largest contiguous empire in history. Read on to find 5 of the most brutal Genghis Khan facts.

How did everything begin?

  • in the 12th century, Mongols were nomadic people who lived on the open plains of East Asia;
  • they regularly moved from one place to another and were led by Khans;
  • they were excellent horsemen and archers, lived in separate groups and constantly fought each other.

Genghis Khan, born in 1162, became a powerful leader who managed to form strategic alliances and make all Mongols unite. Even his enemies had to join his side, and by 1206 he had been declared the Universal Ruler. Genghis Khan established the Mongol Empire and started to conquer foreign lands.

In his lifetime, Genghis Khan led his army to conquer eastern Islamic countries and Northern China. After his death in 1227, his sons and daughters continued the conquest, as well as his grandchildren. Within half a century of Genghis Khan's death, the Mongol Empire had stretched from the Korean peninsula to the Black Sea.

Here are 5 Genghis Khan facts you may find interesting:

Which of these facts about Genghis Khan surprised you the most? What do you think of his influence on the history of humanity? Do you know any other interesting facts about him?

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
Nancy Mueller
Are there surviving descendants proven from DNA? If he had over 500 kids, his DNA must still exist, right?
May 8, 2020 5:07PM
Leticia Olsen
😮He looks like my great great grandfather!🎎
Dec 31, 2020 4:59PM
Nancy Mueller, yes. One of his descendents, Ali Khan married actress Rita Hayworth. They had a girl Jazmine Khan
Sep 8, 2020 4:52PM
Joyce Greenlees
Nancy Mueller, if no-one knows where his body , how can DNA be extracted to prove any descendants. Yes, there will be descendants of Ghengis Khan but his actual DNA is needed to prove who his descendants are. That’s how it works.
Aug 4, 2020 6:09PM
Margaret Thomas
Lourdes Ayala, I would think if you did a DNA test and have any Asian roots, it's likely.
Jul 17, 2020 2:11PM
Lourdes Ayala
I read an article stating that because he had so very many descendants, there is mongol DNA in all of us!
Jul 4, 2020 8:40PM
Barry Crews
Nancy Mueller, Need his body to be the basis of DNA analysis. I have read that his body was to be placed in a grave that no one knew the location of. One would think that is somewhere on the steppes of Mongolia.
Jun 20, 2020 12:10AM
John W Shreve
Sia Taylor, Zeus is gonna cream you for that.
Jun 7, 2020 5:08PM
Sia Taylor
How do they have any facts if no one knows how he looked, lived or died. Maybe he’s a myth like the Greek Gods😏
May 14, 2020 5:52PM
Satish Chandran
He didnt know about Hindusthan
May 12, 2020 2:01PM
He was a killer
May 11, 2020 11:25AM
Wendy Williams
That he exempted places of worship from taxation. This may be when this was first applied.
May 10, 2020 4:02AM
Richard E. Stone
Temujin Borjigin, Genghis Khan's real name, is said to have his DNA in 1 in 200 modern Europeans. He committed mass slaughter, wiping out 1/2 of Hungary. The Magyar language of Hungary is markedly different from the European languages due to the Mongol's influence. Khan claimed God sent him to punish the Europeans. Some theorize the same thing about Hitler's reign in Europe as a punishment for plundering the planet and their horrendous, 400 year slave trade out of Africa.
May 10, 2020 12:23AM
Oystein Wergeland
After the Mongol empire the Chinese built their great wall to prevent a Mongol empire II.
May 9, 2020 8:16PM
Nancy Mueller, His body has never been found. No dna
May 9, 2020 6:14PM
Nancy Mueller, that is a very good question!!
May 8, 2020 6:38PM

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