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August 18, 1227

Genghis Khan is dead.

 Why does it matter?

Genghis Khan, the leader of the Mongols, died of a fever after falling off his horse. During his life, however, he ruled over one of the largest empires in ancient Asia. The Mongol Empire stretched from the Pacific Ocean west into the area we now know as the middle East, and into Eastern Europe as far as the Danube River. Genghis Khan was a military leader, and his army was remarkably well disciplined and organized. Recent DNA evidence suggests that Genghis Khan and his descendants may have had so many children that nearly 10% of population of modern Mongolia may be related to Genghis Khan!

For more information...

Genghis Khan
Information about Genghis Khan, the Mongol Empire, and traveling within modern-day Mongolia. An excellent site with political, military and cultural information.

Genghis Khan and the Mongols
Good site covering the Mongol Empire and the life of Genghis Khan. Contains a map of the empire, and photos.