DAILY FEATURE: By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (December 18, 2020) – In Issue 132 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps we learn about building an empire – not just a dynasty.

Yuan Emperor Kublai Khan – grandson of Genghis Khan (Stock Image)


No, not the 1980s prime-time soap opera Dynasty which aired on ABC. 

Rather this post is about Kublai Khan renaming his empire to “Yuan” on this day in 1271.  That was the start of the Yuan Dynasty, which ruled China, and much of today’s Mongolia and Korea for 97 years.  It gave way then to the Ming Dynasty. 

Kublai Khan was the grandson of the greatest empire-builder of all time, Genghis Khan. Genghis Khan was also good at other things, and about 16 million or about ½ % of men alive today are related to the great Khan. 


Here is an 1831 map of China plus Korea and much of Mongolia by the Englishman Teesdale.       

China Map – 1831 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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