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THE MING EMPIRE
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activities administration apparent army became border Branch building campaign canal capital central changes Chin China Chinese Chu Yuan-chang civil command construction continued court defense designated dynasty early early Ming east economic emperor empire established expansion extensive fact farming Fengyang fiefs figures five forces founding frontier function given grain guard heir horses Huai River Hung-wu imperial important institutions Kaifeng land later Middle military Ming Ministry Mongols months move MSL:HW MSL:YL Nanking northern Northern Capital offices organs palace Peking persons plain points political population position practice prefecture princes problem provinces regime region reign rice River rule ruler sent shifted society sources southern status Sung supply throne tion took trade transport tribute units wall Yangtze Yuan Yung-lo period