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When, in 1207, Genghis Khan sent his son Jochi to subdue the northern tribes, the Oirats were the first to offer an alliance to Genghis Khan. As part of this alliance, his daughter Checheyikhen married one of the sons of the Oirat chieftain. One of Jochi's daughters, Checheyikhen's niece, married another. At her marriage, Genghis told her to govern and control the Oirat people. Her husband would not stay with her, but serve under Genghis Khan as one of his gurugen, or son-in-laws. Her control over the Oirat gave the Mongols control over the northern trade routes. Since her sisters co-administered important parts of the Silk Route, the commercial interdependence between their respective lands increased.
Aftermath of Checheyikhen's death
- Weatherford, Jack. (2010). The Secret History of the Mongol Queens. Broadway Paperbacks, New York.