A Powerful Emperor
Born in a time when China was separated into warring states, Qin Shi Huang founded the short-lived Qin dynasty (221-207 BCE) and became the First Emperor of a unified China. Throughout a reign filled with bloodshed, Qin Shi Huang’s many accomplishments include forging the seven warring states into one imperial nation, building of the Great Wall, and standardizing weights, measures and currency. But his greatest legacy of all was his mausoleum, an elaborate subterranean palace that symbolized his power and supremacy. From the moment the First Emperor ascended the throne at age 13, a workforce of 700,000 men carried out the construction of a mass army of detailed, terracotta figures near the tomb to accompany his burial and protect him in the afterlife.