Hongwu Emperor

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Hongwu Emperor

Hongwu Emperor (Chinese: 洪武帝; Wade–Giles: Hung-woo T'i; October 21, 1328June 24, 1398), also known by his given name Zhu Yuanzhang (Chinese: 朱元璋; Wade–Giles: Chu Yuan-chang) and by the temple name Taizu of the Ming (Chinese: c=明太祖) was the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty. Born a poor farmer, he rose to become leader of a large rebellion against the Yuan Dynasty and then made himself emperor.


He was a strong leader, but did not trust his government officials, or mandarins, and killed many of them.