Undoubtedly a great ruler, Genghis Khan enabled the rise of Mongolia in terms of wealth, power, culture, and religion. His path to glory had its sacrifices and was accompanied by the loss of many lives. On one side he was a model ruler and one of the supreme leaders in the history of the world, but on the other, he displayed immense brutality.
Genghis Khan never left an unsettled score. Still, due to his leadership capabilities and cunning tactics he will always be remembered as one of the world’s greatest rulers, and not just in the hearts and minds of the Mongolian people. Let’s take a historical journey with these interesting facts about Genghis Khan…
Born along the banks of the Onon River sometime around 1162, Genghis Khan is the man who would become the “Great Khan” of the Mongols.
It’s believed that he died on the 18th of August, 1227, though the details remain unverified.
A few sources claim he died by falling from a horse, while other sources deny the fact. Another source claims his death was due to malaria, and the deducing game surrounding his death continues to this day.
Allegedly his tomb is situated near a Mongolian mountain called Burkhan Khaldun, but to this day its precise location is unknown.
Genghis was forced to struggle with the brutality of life on the Mongolian Steppe from an early age. His father was poisoned by the Rival Tatars when he was only 9, and his own tribe banished his family and left his mother to raise her seven children alone.
Despite the difficult childhood, by his early 20s, he had proven himself as an impressive warrior and ruler.
After gathering an army of supporters, he began building alliances with the heads of vital tribes.
He had effectively united the steppe confederations under his flag and began to concentrate on outside conquest by 1206.
Genghis Khan had an intense eye for talent, and he usually endorsed his officers on skill and knowledge rather than class, descent, or even past allegiances.
He’s known as the founder of the Mongol Empire which became the largest ever contiguous empire.