Most of the kingdoms of Asia paid tribute to Kublai Khan. They knew there was nothing to gain to fight the massive Mongol empire and army.
However, Kublai did not control one country — Japan. He sent emissaries to ask Japan to accept him as their emperor.
Every offer was met with the execution of his envoys.
He enlisted Koreans to crew the Song navy to carry his army to an island off Japan’s coast where the Japanese forced stationed there were defeated.
However, a storm destroyed Kublai’s fleet.
This did not stop Kublai and in 1281, a second invasion was launched.
This time the Japanese were better prepared and for two months the armies fought. Then another storm hit and destroyed the second fleet.
The Japanese armies soon overwhelmed what was left of the Mongol army.
Kublai Khan wanted to ready another invasion force, but his advisors talked him out of it.
Kublai then abandoned his military campaigns and turned to court life.
A few years later, his most loved wife died then his son and heir. This broke his heart and he became depressed.
All of his trusted advisors died and were replaced with corrupt officials while Kublai Khan becomes more isolated from the public and his government.
He died alone in his palace at 80.
Soon after he was gone, rebellions broke out and the Ming Dynasty replaced the Mongols.
Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of The Concubine Saga. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. This is the love story Sir Robert Hart did not want the world to discover.
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