Ming Dynasty

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Great Ming
大明

1368–1644
 

Capital Nanjing
(1368-1421)
Beijing
(1421-1644)
Language(s) Chinese
Religion Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Chinese folk religion
Government Monarchy
Emperor
 - 1368-1398 Hongwu Emperor
 - 1627-1644 Chongzhen Emperor
Chancellor
 - 1538-1539; 1539-1541; 1541-1542; 1545-1548 Xia Yan
 - 1544-1545; 1548-1562 Yan Song
 - 1571-1572 Gao Gong
 - 1572-1582 Zhang Juzheng
 - 1612-1614; 1621-1624 Ye Xianggao
 - 1624 Zhu Guozhen
History
 - Established in Nanjing January 23, 1368 1368
 - Fall of Beijing to Li Zicheng June 6, 1644 1644
 - End of the Southern Ming April, 1662
Area
 - 1450 6,500,000 km2 (2,509,664 sq mi)
Population
 - 1393 est. 72,700,000 
 - 1400 est. 65,000,000 
 - 1600 est. 150,000,000 
 - 1644 est. 100,000,000 
Currency Chinese cash, Chinese coin, Paper currency (later abolished)

The Míng dynasty ruled China from 1368 to 1644. The Míng dynasty ruled over the Empire of the Great Míng - China was known by this name at that time. Under Míng rule, a vast army and navy were built.