Timeline of the Ming dynasty

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This is a timeline of the Ming dynasty.

14th century[edit]

1320s[edit]

Year Date Event
1328 21 October Zhu Yuanzhang is born to a family of poor tenant farmers in Anhui[1]

1340s[edit]

Year Date Event
1344 June An epidemic, locusts, and drought kills Zhu Yuanzhang's family, leaving only himself, his sister-in-law and her young son as the sole survivors[2]
October Zhu Yuanzhang enters a local Buddhist monastery as a novice to do menial work; eventually he's sent out to beg for food - it's speculated that he ends up joining the army[2]
1347 Zhu Yuanzhang returns to the Buddhist monastery[3]

1350s[edit]

Year Date Event
1352 15 April Red Turban Rebellion: Zhu Yuanzhang becomes a rebel under Guo Zixing's command in Haozhou[3]
1353 Red Turban Rebellion: Zhu Yuanzhang receives an independent command from Guo Zixing and captures Chuzhou[4]
1355 11 July Red Turban Rebellion: Zhu Yuanzhang crosses the Changjiang[5]
Red Turban Rebellion: Guo Zixing dies and his eldest son succeeds him, but he also dies, making Zhu Yuanzhang leader of the rebels[6]
1356 10 April Red Turban Rebellion: Zhu Yuanzhang takes Nanjing[7]
1357 summer Red Turban Rebellion: Zhang Shide is captured by Zhu Yuanzhang and starves to death[8]
1358 Red Turban Rebellion: Defending garrisons fire cannons en masse at the siege of Shaoxing and defeat Zhu Yuanzhang's forces[9]

1360s[edit]

Year Date Event
1360 Red Turban Rebellion: Chen Youliang murders Xu Shouhui and proclaims the Great Han at Wuchang before attacking Zhu Yuanzhang at Nanjing only to be repulsed[10]
1363 30 August - 4 October Battle of Lake Poyang: Chen Youliang's fleet is demolished by Zhu Yuanzhang's forces and dies[10]
Red Turban Rebellion: Zhu Yuanzhang saves Han Liner and moves the Song court west of Nanjing where it remains militarily insignificant[11]
1365 autumn Red Turban Rebellion: Zhu Yuanzhang attacks Zhang Shicheng[12]
Zhu Yuanzhang sets up a school with a teaching staff of "Erudites" (boshi)[13]
1367 October Red Turban Rebellion: Zhu Yuanzhang's army under Zhu Liangzi takes Taizhou[14]
1 October Red Turban Rebellion: Zhu Yuanzhang takes Suzhou and Zhang Shicheng hangs himself;[15] 2,400 large and small cannons are deployed by the Ming army at the siege of Suzhou.[9]
November Red Turban Rebellion: Zhu Liangzi takes Wenzhou[14]
13 November Red Turban Rebellion: Zhu Yuanzhang issues orders for Xu Da and Chang Yuchun to head north with 250,000 soldiers and Hu Mei, Tang He, and Liao Yongzhong to attack Fujian and Guangdong[16]
December Red Turban Rebellion: Fang Guozhen surrenders to Zhu Yuanzhang[17]
28 December Red Turban Rebellion: Hu Mei's forces take Shaowu[16]
Red Turban Rebellion: Xu Da and Chang Yuchun conquer Ji'nan[16]
Zhu Yuanzhang reestablishes the imperial examinations[18]
1368 18 January Red Turban Rebellion: Hu Mei captures Fuzhou[16]
23 January Zhu Yuanzhang proclaims himself the Hongwu Emperor of the Ming dynasty (note that Ming and Qing use the era name rather than temple name)[18]
17 February Ming forces conquer Fujian and capture Chen Youding, who is executed[19]
1 March Ming forces conquer Shandong[16]
16 April Ming forces capture Kaifeng[16]
18 April Ming forces reach Guangzhou and receive He Zhen's surrender[16]
25 April Ming forces defeat Köke Temür and capture Luoyang[16]
26 May Ming forces capture Wuzhou[16]
July Ming forces conquer Guangxi[16]
20 September Ming forces capture Daidu (renamed Beiping) and the Yuan court flees to Inner Mongolia; so ends the Yuan dynasty[14]
November Ming forces capture Baoding[20]
26 December Ming forces capture Zhaozhou[20]
December Ming forces capture Pingding[20]
Crouching-tiger cannons are employed by the Ming army.[21]
The Guozijian is created[13]
1369 9 January Ming forces capture Taiyuan[20]
3 March Ming forces capture Datong[20]
March Song Lian and Wang Yi start compiling the History of Yuan[22]
18 April Ming forces conquer Shanxi and Li Siqi flees to Lintao[23]
21 May Li Siqi surrenders to Ming forces[23]
23 May Ming forces capture Lanzhou[23]
8 June Ming forces capture Pingliang[23]
20 July Ming forces capture Shangdu[23]
22 September Ming forces capture Qingyang[23]
Construction of the Central Capital (Fengyang) begins[24]

1370s[edit]

Year Date Event
1370 January Köke Temür lays siege to Lanzhou but fails to take it[25]
Ming forces defeat Köke Temür at Gongchang but fail to capture him[26]
5 June The Hongwu Emperor authorizes the first Ming imperial examination[27]
10 June Ming forces capture Yingchang[28]
June The Hongwu Emperor bans White Lotus and Manichaean sects[29]
Gunpowder is corned to strengthen the explosive power of land mines in the Ming dynasty.[30]
Cannon projectiles transition from stone to iron ammunition in the Ming dynasty.[31]
1371 18 May Ming forces capture Wenzhou[32]
July Ming forces capture Hanzhou[33]
3 August Ming Sheng surrenders Sichuan to the Ming dynasty[34]
Registered students at the Guozijian reach 3,728[27]
1372 April Ming forces defeat Köke Temür at the Tuul River[35]
Ming forces are routed at Karakorum[35]
Ming forces capture Yongchang and conquer Juyan[36]
Registered students at the Guozijian reach 10,000[27]
Cannons made specifically for naval usage appear in the Ming dynasty.[37]
1373 March The Hongwu Emperor suspends imperial examinations[27]
29 November Ming forces defeat Köke Temür at Huairou[36]
The Hongwu Emperor limits tribute missions from Goryeo to once every three years[38]
Ming officials draw up the first "house law" in Chinese history[39]
1375 The Hongwu Emperor halts constructions at Fengyang due to expenses and waste; construction plans shift to Nanjing[24]
1376 March Ming forces defeat Bayan Temür[40]
July Ming forces defeat Bayan Temür again[40]
22 October The Hongwu Emperor announces that he will accept straightforward criticism of his rule from officials[41]
Ye Boju is starved to death in prison for criticizing the emperor[41]
The Hongwu Emperor executes all officials connected to the "Case of the Pre-stamped Documents"[42]
1377 May Ming forces invade Qinghai[40]
Palace construction in Nanjing is completed and the city is designated "Jingshi" (Capital)[43]
1379 February Ming forces defeat Tibetans in Gansu[44]
Champa sends tribute to Nanjing[45]

1380s[edit]

Year Date Event
1380 Hu Weiyong plots to assassinate the Hongwu Emperor but gets arrested; the ensuing investigations lead to the execution of roughly 15,000 people[27]
"Wasp nest" rocket launchers are manufactured for the Ming army.[46]
1381 December Ming conquest of Yunnan: Ming forces take Qujing[47]
1382 April Ming conquest of Yunnan: Ming forces conquer Yunnan[48]
1384 April The Hongwu Emperor relocates government agencies from the palace to outside the city walls of Nanjing[49]
1385 The imperial examinations are reestablished[27]
Guo Huan is executed for embezzling 7 million piculs of grain[49]
1386 January Ming–Mong Mao War: Si Lunfa of Mong Mao rebels[50]
1387 October Ming campaign against the Uriankhai: Naghachu surrenders to Ming forces[51]
1388 May Battle of Buir Lake: Ming forces defeat Uskhal Khan Tögüs Temür[52]
Ming–Mong Mao War: Mong Mao is defeated by the Ming artillery corps utilizing volley fire[53]
1389 January Ming forces defeat Yi rebels in Yuezhou[54]
December Ming–Mong Mao War: Si Lunfa surrenders to the Ming dynasty[54]

1390s[edit]

Year Date Event
1390 April Nayir Bukha and Yaozhu surrender to Ming forces[55]
1391 May Ajashiri rebels and is suppressed[56]
Ming forces occupy Hami and retreat[57]
1392 5 August I Seonggye ousts Wang Yo and becomes Taejo of Joseon; so ends Goguryeo[38]
1393 Ming forces sack Hami[58]
1394 Tributary relations between Ming and Joseon are normalized[59]
1396 April Ming forces defeat Bolin Temür[60]
1397 December Ming–Mong Mao Intervention: Si Lunfa is deposed and requests Ming aid in restoring him to power[61]
1398 January Ming–Mong Mao Intervention: Si Lunfa is restored to power[62]
24 May The Hongwu Emperor becomes ill[63]
24 June The Hongwu Emperor dies[64]
30 June Zhu Yunwen becomes the Jianwen Emperor[63]
The Jianwen Emperor eliminates the princedoms of Zhu Gui, Zhu Bo, Zhu Fu, and Zhu Pian[65]
Last recorded instance of human sacrifice in China[66]
1399 June The Jianwen Emperor returns Zhu Di's sons[65]
July A military official seizes two of Zhu Di's junior officials on the charge of sedition[67]
5 August Jingnan Campaign: Zhu Di launches an offensive on neighboring counties[67]
25 September Jingnan Campaign: Zhu Di defeats a 130,000 strong army sent by the Jianwen Emperor[68]
12 November Jingnan Campaign: The Jianwen Emperor's forces lay siege to Beiping but are forced to retreat three weeks later[69]

15th century[edit]

1400s[edit]

Year Date Event
1400 January Jingnan Campaign: Zhu Di invades Shanxi[69]
18 May Jingnan Campaign: Zhu Di's forces deal heavy casualties upon the imperial army[69]
8 June Jingnan Campaign: Zhu Di lays siege to Dezhou[69]
4 September Jingnan Campaign: Zhu Di lifts the siege of Dezhou and returns to Beiping[69]
1401 9 January Jingnan Campaign: Zhu Di's forces fall to explosives and suffer heavy casualties in Shandong, forcing their retreat[70]
5 April Jingnan Campaign: Zhu Di's forces deal a heavy defeat to the imperial army near Dezhou[70]
August Jingnan Campaign: The imperial army forces Zhu Di to retreat north to Beiping[70]
August The Jianwen Emperor restricts the size of Buddhist and Taoist landholdings[71]
October Jingnan Campaign: Imperial forces are expelled from the Beiping region[70]
1402 January Jingnan Campaign: Zhu Di conquers northwestern Shandong[72]
3 March Jingnan Campaign: Zhu Di takes Xuzhou[72]
April Jingnan Campaign: Zhu Di defeats imperial troops in Suzhou[72]
23 May Jingnan Campaign: Zhu Di is repulsed by imperial troops in Anhui[72]
28 May Jingnan Campaign: Zhu Di defeats imperial forces at Lingbi[72]
7 June Jingnan Campaign: Zhu Di's forces cross the Huai River[72]
17 June Jingnan Campaign: Zhu Di takes Yangzhou[72]
1 July Jingnan Campaign: Zhu Di is stopped at the Changjiang across from Nanjing[72]
3 July Jingnan Campaign: Assistant chief commissioner Chen Xuan defects to Zhu Di and rebel forces cross the Changjiang[72]
13 July Jingnan Campaign: Zhu Hui opens the Jinchuan Gate of Nanjing to lets Zhu Di in without a fight; the Jianwen Emperor disappears and his family is incarcerated[73]
17 July Zhu Di ascends the throne as the Yongle Emperor[73]
September The Yongle Emperor commissions the Yongle Encyclopedia[74]
1403 February The Yongle Emperor designates Beiping the "Northern Capital", Beijing[75]
April The Yongle Emperor settles loyal Uriankhai near Daning[76]
4 September Treasure voyages: Orders are issued for the construction of 200 "seagoing transport ships"[77]
December The Yongle Emperor creates the Jianzhou Guard[78]
Japanese missions to Ming China: Ashikaga Yoshimitsu sends an embassy to the Ming dynasty declaring himself "your subject, the King of Japan", and receives trading privileges[79]
1404 March Treasure voyages: Orders are issued for the construction of 50 "seagoing ships"[80]
July Engke Temiir of Kara Del receives the title of prince from the Ming court[81]
October Trần Thiên Bính arrives in Nanjing and requests the Ming dynasty to restore him to the throne of the Trần dynasty[82]
December Tamerlane launches an invasion of the Ming dynasty but dies on the way[81]
Empirewide imperial examinations are resumed[83]
10,000 households from Shanxi are relocated to Beijing[75]
1405 11 July Treasure voyages: Zheng He and 27,800 men depart from Nanjing on 255 ships, of which 62 are treasure ships, "bearing imperial letters to the countries of the Western Ocean and with gifts to their kings of gold brocade, patterned silks, and colored silk gauze, according to their status."[84]
Construction of new palace buildings in Beijing begins[75]
1406 4 April Trần Thiên Bính and his Ming escort are ambushed and killed while crossing into Lạng Sơn[82]
19 November Ming–Hồ War: Ming forces invade the Hồ dynasty and capture the Citadel of the Hồ Dynasty[82]
Treasure voyages: Treasure fleet visits Malacca and Java before heading up the Straits of Malacca to Aru, Samudera Pasai Sultanate, and Lambri, where the people are described as "very honest and genuine," and from there 3 days to the Andaman Islands, and then 8 more days to the west coast of Ceylon where the king reacts with hostility. The fleet departs for Calicut, which is described as "the Great country of the Western Ocean"[85]
1407 Treasure voyages: Treasure fleet defeats Chen Zuyi's pirate fleet at Palembang and installs Shi Jinqing as "grand chieftain ruling over the native people of that place"[86]
April Deshin Shekpa, 5th Karmapa Lama arrives in Nanjing to perform religious ceremonies[87]
16 June Ming–Hồ War: Hồ Quý Ly and his son are captured and sent to Nanjing[82]
5 July Fourth Chinese domination of Vietnam: The Yongle Emperor announces the formal incorporation of Jiaozhi into the Ming dynasty[82]
2 October Treasure voyages: Treasure fleet arrives back at Nanjing[88]
5 October Treasure voyages: Wang Hao is ordered to refit 249 "sea transport ships" in "preparation for embassies to the countries of the Western Ocean"[89]
23 October Treasure voyages: The Yongle Emperor issues orders for the second voyage and to confer formal investiture on the king of Calicut[90]
Treasure voyages: The Yongle Emperor summons Javanese envoys to demand restitution for killing 710 Chinese and settles for 10,000 ounces of gold[91]
30 October Treasure voyages: A eunuch Grand Director departs with an imperial letter for the king of Champa[90]
Treasure voyages: Zheng He departs with a fleet of 249 ships and takes a route similar to the first voyage with the addition of stops at Jiayile, Abobadan, Ganbali, Quilon, and Cochin[92]
December The Yongle Encyclopedia is completed[93]
Ironwood wadding is added to Ming cannons, increasing their effectiveness.[94]
1408 14 February Treasure voyages: Orders for the construction of 48 treasure ships are issued from the Ministry of Works in Nanjing[95]
September Fourth Chinese domination of Vietnam: Trần Ngỗi rebels in Jiaozhi[82]
1409 January Treasure voyages: Orders are issued for the third voyage[96]
15 February Treasure voyages: The Galle Trilingual Inscription is produced[97]
June Oirats receives princely titles from the Ming court[81]
summer Treasure voyages: Treasure fleet returns to China[92]
23 September Battle of Kherlen: Ming forces are defeated by Öljei Temür Khan[98]
October Treasure voyages: Zheng He departs with 27,000 men, taking the usual route[97]
December Fourth Chinese domination of Vietnam: Ming forces capture Trần Ngỗi but Trần Quý Khoáng becomes leader of the rebels[99]

1410s[edit]

Year Date Event
1410 15 June First Mongol Campaign: The Yongle Emperor defeats Öljei Temür Khan on the banks of the Onon River[98]
July First Mongol Campaign: Ming forces defeat Arughtai east of the Greater Khingan and withdraw to Nanjing[98]
Ming–Kotte War: Treasure fleet lands at Galle in Ceylon and captures King Vijayabahu VI of the Kingdom of Gampola[97]
1411 July Dredging and reconstruction of the Grand Canal begins[100]
6 July Treasure voyages: Treasure fleet returns to Nanjing[101]
The Yongle Emperor sends Yishiha to explore northern Manchuria[78]
Ashikaga Yoshimochi refuses the Yongle Emperor's request to suppress Japanese pirates[102]
1412 18 December Treasure voyages:The Yongle Emperor issues orders for the fourth voyage[103]
Shells are used as ammunition in the Ming dynasty.[104]
1413 autumn Treasure voyages: Zheng He departs from Nanjing and takes the usual route with the addition of 4 new destinations: the Maldives, Bitra, Chetlat Island, and Hormuz, which is given the following description: "Foreign ships from every place, together with foreign merchants traveling by land, all come to this territory in order to gather together and buy and sell, and therefore the people of this country are all rich"[105]
Lopön Chenpo Gushri Lodrö Gyaltsen visits Nanjing[106]
Yongning Temple Stele: Ming dynasty sends Yishiha to the Nurgan Regional Military Commission to create postal stations and spread Buddhism[107]
1414 30 March Fourth Chinese domination of Vietnam: Trần Quý Khoáng is captured[99]
April Second Mongol Campaign: Ming forces engage Oirats at the Tuul River, suffering heavy casualties, but ultimately prevail through the use of heavy cannon bombardments[108]
Chöje Shakya Yeshe visits Nanjing[106]
1415 Treasure voyages: Treasure fleet captures Sekandar, a rebel against Zain al-'Abidin, king of the Samudera Pasai Sultanate[109]
June The Grand Canal is reconstructed[110]
12 August Treasure voyages: Treasure fleet arrives back in Nanjing[111]
13 August Treasure voyages: Zheng He's colleague is sent on a mission bearing gifts to Bengal[111]
1416 19 November Treasure voyages: The Yongle Emperor bestows gifts upon ambassadors from 18 countries[112]
19 December Treasure voyages: The Yongle Emperor issues orders for the fifth voyage[113]
1417 Lam Sơn uprising: Lê Lợi leads an insurrection against the Ming dynasty[99]
autumn Treasure voyages: Zheng He departs China taking the previous route to Hormuz, and then Aden, Mogadishu, Barawa, Zhubu, and Malindi[114]
1419 8 August Treasure voyages: Treasure fleet returns to China
20 September Treasure voyages: Ambassadors present exotic animals to the Ming court including a giraffe imported from Somalia by Bengalis[115]
2 October Treasure voyages: Orders are issued for the construction of 41 treasure ships[95]
During the Lantern Festival, the Ming imperial palace puts on a display of pyrotechnics involving rockets running along wires which light up lanterns, illuminating the palace.[116]

1420s[edit]

Year Date Event
1420 Forbidden City: Construction of the Altar of Heaven is completed[117]
28 October Beijing officially becomes the capital of the Ming dynasty[117]
1421 3 March Treasure voyages: Orders are issued for the sixth voyage and envoys from 16 countries including Hormuz are given gifts of paper and coin money, and ceremonial robes and linings[118]
14 May Treasure voyages: The Yongle Emperor orders the suspension of the treasure voyages[119]
10 November Treasure voyages: Orders are issued to Zheng He to provide Hong Bao and envoys from 16 countries passage back to their countries; the treasure fleet takes its usual route to Ceylon where it splits up and heads for the Maldives, Hormuz, and the Arabian states of Djofar, Lasa, and Aden, and the two African states of Mogadishu and Barawa; Zheng He visits Ganbali[120]
1422 Treasure voyages: Treasure fleet regroups at Samudera Pasai Sultanate and visit Siam before heading back to China[120]
April Third Mongol Campaign: Ming forces are dispatched against Arughtai but fail to engage him in combat and return to Beijing[108]
3 September Treasure voyages: Treasure fleet returns to China bringing envoys from Siam, Samudera Pasai Sultanate, and Aden[121]
1423 August Fourth Mongol Campaign: The Yongle Emperor launches an offensive against Arughtai only to find out he had already been defeated by the Oirats[122]
1424 27 February Treasure voyages: Zheng He is sent on a diplomatic mission to Palembang to confer "a gauze cap, a ceremonial robe with floral gold woven into gold patterns in the silk, and a silver seal" on Shi Jinqing's son Shi Jisun[123]
April Fifth Mongol Campaign: The Yongle Emperor leads an expedition against the remnants of Arughtai's horde but fails to find them[122]
12 August The Yongle Emperor dies[124]
7 September Treasure voyages: Zhu Gaozhi becomes the Hongxi Emperor and terminates the treasure voyages[124]
Metropolitan exam graduates fill posts down to the county magistrate[83]
1425 29 May The Hongxi Emperor dies[125]
27 June Zhu Zhanji becomes the Xuande Emperor[126]
2 September Zhu Gaoxu rebels[127]
22 September Zhu Gaoxu is defeated[128]
winter Lam Sơn uprising: Lê Lợi inflicts heavy casualties on Ming garrisons[129]
1426 Ming dynasty sends Yishiha to the Wild Jurchens to construct shipyards and warehouses[107]
1427 fall Lam Sơn uprising: Ming reinforcements are defeated near Lạng Sơn[129]
12 November Lam Sơn uprising: Ming forces are withdrawn from Jiaozhi[99]
1428 25 March Treasure voyages: The Xuande Emperor orders Zheng He to supervise the reconstruction of the Great Baoen Temple[130]
October Uriankhai raid Ming borders and the Xuande Emperor personally leads troops to repel them[131]
1429 The Xuande Emperor conducts a major military review on the outskirts of Beijing[132]
Mounted infantry carrying hand cannons are employed by the Ming army.[133]

1430s[edit]

Year Date Event
1430 May The Xuande Emperor orders a tax reduction on all imperial lands[134]
29 June Treasure voyages: The Xuande Emperor issues orders for the seventh voyage[135]
1431 19 January Treasure voyages: Treasure fleet departs from Nanjing[136]
14 March Treasure voyages: Liujiagang Inscription is erected[137]
December Treasure voyages: The Changle Inscription is erected and the fleet departs from Changle[137]
1432 12 September Treasure voyages: Treasure fleet arrives at Samudera Pasai Sultanate and Hong Bao and Ma Huan detach from the fleet to visit Bengal[138][139]
Ming dynasty sends Yishiha to present seals to Ming-allied Jurchens and to repair the Yongning Temple[107]
1433 Treasure voyages: Zheng He dies[140]
Treasure voyages: Hong Bao and Ma Huan arrive in Calicut and send seven men to Mecca while Hong Bao visits Djofar, Lasa, Aden, Mogadishu, and Barawa before heading back to China[141]
9 March Treasure voyages: Treasure fleet departs from Hormuz and heads back to China[142]
June Japanese missions to Ming China: Relations between Ming and Japan are renewed[143]
7 July Treasure voyages: Treasure fleet arrives back in China[144]
14 September Treasure voyages: Envoys from Samudera Pasai Sultanate, Calicut, Cochin, Ceylon, Djofar, Aden, Coimbatore, Hormuz, Kayal, and Mecca present tribute[145]
Treasure voyages: Ma Huan publishes his Yingya Shenglan[146]
1434 Treasure voyages: Gong Zhen publishes his Xiyang Fanguo Zhi[146]
1435 31 January The Xuande Emperor dies and Empress Zhang (Hongxi) becomes regent for the Zhengtong Emperor[147]
The Northern China Plain and Shandong suffer from drought and plagues[148]
1436 Treasure voyages: Ming dynasty bans building seagoing ships[149]
Treasure voyages: Fei Xin publishes his Xingcha Shenglan[149]
Flooding strikes northern Jiangsu, the Northern China Plain and Shandong[148]
1437 Shanxi and Shaanxi experience drought[148]
Flooding strikes northern Jiangsu[148]
1438 8 December Luchuan–Pingmian campaigns: Ming carries out a punitive expedition against Si Renfa of Mong Mao for attacking neighboring tusi, but fails to defeat him[150]
1439 Flooding strikes the northern China Plain and Shandong[148]

1440s[edit]

Year Date Event
1440 Flooding strikes Suzhou, Jiangnan, the northern China Plain and Shandong[148]
Famine strikes Zhejiang[148]
1441 27 February Luchuan–Pingmian campaigns: Ming forces attack Mong Mao[151]
Flooding strikes the northern China Plain and Shandong[148]
Famine strikes Zhejiang[148]
1442 January Luchuan–Pingmian campaigns: Mong Mao is defeated but Si Renfa escapes to Ava[152]
20 November Empress Zhang (Hongxi) dies[153]
1443 March Luchuan–Pingmian campaigns: Ming forces defeat Si Jifa but fail to capture him[154]
1444 Famine strikes Shanxi and Shaanxi[148]
Flooding strikes northern Jiangsu[148]
1445 August Luchuan–Pingmian campaigns: Ava hands over Si Renfa to Ming in return for their support in attacking Hsenwi[155]
Drought and a plague epidemic strike Zhejiang[148]
1446 January Luchuan–Pingmian campaigns: Si Renfa is executed.[155]
Floods strike Jiangnan[148]
1447 Ye Zongliu rebels with a group of silver miners in Zhejiang[156]
Famine strikes northern Jiangsu[148]
1448 March Deng Maoqi rebels with a group of tenant farmers northwest of the Fujian and Jiangxi border[156]
December Ming forces kill Ye Zongliu, but his rebels remain intact and retreat further south to siege Chuzhou[157]
1448 Yellow River flood: Yellow River dikes burst[156]
Drought and locust plague strike northwest China[148]
Drought strikes Jiangnan[148]
1449 March Luchuan–Pingmian campaigns: Ming forces invade Mong Yang for harboring Si Jifa, but he manages to escape again[158]
May Deng Maoqi's rebels are defeated[157]
July Tumu Crisis: Esen Taishi of the Oirats and de facto ruler of the Northern Yuan launches an invasion of the Ming dynasty[159]
4 August Tumu Crisis: The Zhengtong Emperor departs from Beijing to personally confront Esen Taishi[160]
30 August Tumu Crisis: The Ming rearguard is defeated[161]
August Ye Zongliu's rebels are defeated[157]
1 September Tumu Crisis: The Ming army is annihilated and the Zhengtong Emperor is captured by Esen Taishi[162]
23 September Zhu Qiyu becomes the Jingtai Emperor[163]
27 October Esen Taishi lays siege to Beijing but fails to take it and withdraws after 5 days[164]
Yellow River dikes burst again causing the river to change course slightly[156]

1450s[edit]

Year Date Event
1450 19 September The Zhengtong Emperor is released and arrives back in Beijing, where he is kept under house arrest by the Jingtai Emperor[165]
Yao and Miao people rebel in Guizhou and Huguang[166]
Famine strikes Shandong[166]
1452 1452 Yellow River floods: Yellow River dikes burst[167]
Yao and Miao rebels are suppressed[166]
Northern China experiences flooding[166]
1454 Unusually heavy snowfall causes starvation in Suzhou and Hanzhou[168]
1455 Xu Youzhen finishes repairs on the Yellow River dikes[167]
Widespread drought affects Central China[168]
1456 Miao people in Huguang rebel and are suppressed[166]
1457 11 February The former emperor is reinstated by the military and becomes the Tianshun Emperor[169]

1460s[edit]

Year Date Event
1461 7 August Rebellion of Cao Qin: Cao Qin rebels and tries to storm Beijing but gets arrested and is forced to commit suicide[170]
1464 23 February The Tianshun Emperor dies and Zhu Qianshen becomes the Chenghua Emperor[171]
Hou Dagou of the Yao people rebels in Guangxi[172]
Treasure voyages: Documents of the treasure voyages are removed from the archives of the Ministry of War and destroyed by Liu Daxia on the basis that they were "deceitful exaggerations of bizarre things far removed from the testimony of people's ears and eyes," and that "the expeditions of Sanbao to the Western Ocean wasted tens of myriads of money and grain, and moreover the people who met their deaths [on these expeditions] may be counted in the myriads. Although he returned with wonderful precious things, what benefit was it to the state? This was merely an action of bad government of which ministers should severely disapprove. Even if the old archives were still preserved they should be destroyed in order to suppress [a repetition of these things] at the root."[173]
1466 January Ming forces defeat and capture Hou Dagou but the rebellion continues anyways[172]
The Ming execute Dongshan of the Left Jianzhou Guard[174]
Miao people rebel in Hunan as well as the Sichuan-Guizhou border and are suppressed[175]
Liu Tong rebels near Xiangyang and is defeated[176]
1467 A Ming-Joseon expedition defeats the Jianzhou Jurchens and kill Li Manzhu[174]
1468 May Mongols rebel at Guyuan[177]
1469 The Mongol rebellion at Guyuan is suppressed[177]

1470s[edit]

Year Date Event
1470 The governor of Liaodong, Chen Yue, attacks the Jurchens and demands bribes from Jurchen embassies[174]
Remnants of Liu Tong's rebels rebel again[176]
1471 Liu Tong's rebels are defeated[176]
1473 Ming forces launch an attack on Hami in conjunction with Mongol allies but retreat when the Mongols abandon them[178]
1474 Yu Zijun directs the reconstruction and extension of the Great Wall of China to seal off Ordos from the south[179]
1475 Miao people rebel in Hunan and are suppressed[175]
1476 June Vagrant population around Xiangyang rebel until the government allows them to claim lands with reduced taxes[180]
1479 Miao people rebel in Sichuan[181]

1480s[edit]

Year Date Event
1485 Number of eunuchs passes 10,000[182]
1487 1 September The Chenghua Emperor falls ill[183]
9 September The Chenghua Emperor dies[183]
17 September Zhu Youtang becomes the Hongzhi Emperor[183]

1490s[edit]

Year Date Event
1492 Europe reaches parity with China in health, fertility rate, life expectancy, and human capital[184]
1494 1494 Yellow River flood: Yellow River floods but Liu Daxia successfully directs the river to flow south of Shandong, stabilizing the course of the Yellow River until the 19th century[185]
National military reforms switch to recruiting volunteers for local units[186]
1495 Ming forces briefly occupy Hami before reinforcements from Turpan force them to retreat[187]
1496 Japanese missions to Ming China: Japanese envoys kill several people on their return trip from Beijing[188]
1499 A trade embargo on Turpan forces them to return Hami to Uyghur control[187]
Yi people rebel in Guizhou[189]

16th century[edit]

1500s[edit]

Year Date Event
1500 Li people rebel on Hainan[190]
1502 Yi rebels in Guizhou are suppressed[189]
1503 Li rebels are suppressed[190]
1504 Datong is raided by Mongols[191]
1505 8 June The Hongzhi Emperor dies[192]
19 June Zhu Houzhao becomes the Zhengde Emperor[192]
The Zhengde Emperor starts using eunuchs as military and fiscal intendants[193]
1506 May The Ministry of Revenue is ordered to investigate the lack of revenue[193]
July The Minister of Revenue, Han Wen, complains about the emperor's expenditures using the ministerial treasuries[194]
28 October The Minister of Revenue petitions the emperor to execute all the eunuchs in his personal employ, but the emperor refuses, and as a result all the grand secretaries resign[195]
The Zhengde Emperor takes to wandering the streets of Beijing in disguise[193]
1507 September 350,000 ounces of silver are spent on lanterns for the Lantern Festival[195]
1509 August Two garrisons in Liaodong revolt and are quelled after 2,500 ounces of silver are distributed among them[196]

1510s[edit]

Year Date Event
1510 12 May Prince of Anhua rebellion: Zhu Zhifan rebels in Shanxi[197]
30 May Prince of Anhua rebellion: Zhu Zhifan is captured[197]
Dayan Khan conquers the Ordos Loop[198]
1511 February Bandits around Beijing revolt[199]
October Bandits burn imperial grain carriages around Beijing[199]
Capture of Malacca (1511): The Malacca Sultanate sends a plea for help against the Portuguese[200]
1512 January Bandits attack Bazhou[199]
7 September The bandit armies are defeated[199]
1514 10 February Gunpowder tents in the palace courtyard catch fire and destroy the residential palaces[201]
September The Zhengde Emperor is badly mauled by a tiger[202]
1515 summer 30,000 troops from the capital garrisons and Imperial Bodyguard are dispatched to rebuild the palaces[203]
1517 16 October Dayan Khan raids the Ming dynasty[204]
20 October The Zhengde Emperor repels Dayan Khan's raiding party[205]
Tomé Pires arrives at Guangzhou[200]
1518 January The Zhengde Emperor imprisons the court at Beijing for not giving him enough money[204]
1519 9 July Prince of Ning rebellion: Zhu Chenhao rebels in Jiangxi[206]
13 July Prince of Ning rebellion: Rebel forces capture Jiujiang[207]
23 July Prince of Ning rebellion: Rebel forces lay siege to Anqing[207]
9 August Prince of Ning rebellion: Rebel forces lift the siege on Anqing[208]
13 August Prince of Ning rebellion: Imperial forces capture Nanchang[208]
15 August Prince of Ning rebellion: Zhu Chenhao's army is defeated[208]
20 August Prince of Ning rebellion: Zhu Chenhao flees from his fleet and is captured[208]

1520s[edit]

Year Date Event
1520 January The Zhengde Emperor forbids the slaughtering of pigs[209]
May The Portuguese bribe a eunuch official in Guangzhou to let them through and Tomé Pires' party arrive at Nanjing[210]
1521 20 April The Zhengde Emperor dies[210]
21 April Tomé Pires' party is expelled from Beijing[210]
27 April Zhu Houcong becomes the Jiajing Emperor[211]
May Battle of Tunmen: Ming forces expel a Portuguese fleet from Tunmen when they refuse to leave[212]
Palace reconstruction is completed[201]
1522 Portuguese are forbidden from trading in Guangzhou[188]
Battle of Shancaowan: A Portuguese fleet runs a Ming blockade near Lantau Island and manages to leave with heavy casualties[213]
1523 May Ningbo Incident: The Hosokawa trade mission attacks the Ouchi trade mission and loots Ningbo, seizes ships, and kills a Ming commander before setting sail; the Chinese tributary system loses maritime trade value[214]
The Ming dynasty produces breech-loading swivel guns based on Portuguese designs.[215]
1524 August The garrison of Datong rebels[216]
Ming–Turpan conflict: Turpan attacks Ganzhou and is repelled[217]
1525 April The Datong rebels are defeated[218]
Jiajing wokou raids: Shuangyu becomes a trading enclave[188]
Some merchants from Fujian are able to speak Formosan languages[219]
1526 Famine strikes Beijing[220]
1527 Floods sweep through Huguang[220]
1528 Ming–Turpan conflict: Turpan's trading privileges are restored[221]
1529 Jiajing wokou raids: Several commanders at Wenzhou are exiled for consorting with pirates[222]
An inauspicious comet is sighted[220]

1530s[edit]

Year Date Event
1531 Datong comes under raid by Mongols[223]
An inauspicious comet is sighted[220]
1532 Jiajing wokou raids: The governor of Guangzhou is recalled for failing to eradicate pirates[222]
A really inauspicious comet is sighted[220]
1533 24 October The Datong garrison rebels and is suppressed[218]
1534 Jiajing wokou raids: A pirate with over 50 large ships under his command is captured[222]
The Jiajing Emperor stops attending routine court audiences[224]
1535 The garrisons at Liaodong and Guangning revolt and are suppressed[225]
1536 Mongols raid Shanxi but are repelled[226]
1537 Mongols raid Datong[226]
1539 Japanese missions to Ming China: Japanese envoys are apprehended and forbidden from trading upon reaching China[227]
The garrison at Liaodong rebels and is suppressed[228]

1540s[edit]

Year Date Event
1540 September The Jiajing Emperor announces his intention to seclude himself for several years to pursue immortality; a court official says this is nonsense and gets tortured to death[229]
1541 30 April A fire destroys the Imperial Ancestral Temple compound[230]
October Altan Khan raids Shaanxi[231]
Gunpowder is used for hydraulic engineering in the Ming dynasty.[232]
1542 July Altan Khan raids Shaanxi[231]
4 August Ming forces are defeated by Altan Khan at Guangwu[231]
8 August Altan Khan pillages the suburbs of Taiyuan[231]
Renyin palace rebellion: Consort Fang prevents an assassination on the Jiajing Emperor[233]
The Jiajing Emperor withdraws from his formal duties completely and spends the remainder of his life in the Palace of Everlasting Longevity obsessed with physical immortality through drugs, rituals, and esoteric physical regimens[224]
1543 December Construction on a new Imperial Ancestral Temple begins[230]
Famine strikes Zhejiang[234]
1544 Japanese missions to Ming China: Ming officials refuse to meet with Japanese envoys[227]
Famine strikes Zhejiang[234]
1545 January An outbreak of pestilence occurs in Beijing[231]
April Dust storms destroy winter wheat and barley crops[231]
July The new Imperial Ancestral Temple is completed[230]
Datong rebels and is suppressed[218]
Japanese missions to Ming China: Wang Zhi returns to Japan with the Japanese mission and leads a trade mission to Shuangyu[227]
1547 Jiajing wokou raids: A censor reports that piracy on the southeast coast is out of control[235]
1548 February Jiajing wokou raids: Pirates raid Ningbo and Taizhou[235]
April Jiajing wokou raids: Ming forces attack Shuangyu but many of the ships in the harbor escape[235]
June Mongols defeat Ming forces at Xuanfu[236]
October Mongols raid Huailai[236]
The Ming army starts fielding matchlocks.[237]
1549 March Altan Khan defeats Ming forces at Xuanfu but suffers heavy casualties[236]
Jiajing wokou raids: Ming forces attack a large merchant fleet anchored off the coast of southern Fujian[238]

1550s[edit]

Year Date Event
1550 1 October Altan Khan pillages the suburbs of Beijing[236]
6 October Ming forces are defeated by Mongols[239]
Towns and villages in Zhejiang erect palisades in response to brigands[234]
1551 Fishing boats are forbidden from going out to sea[238]
1552 April Ming forces are defeated by Mongols north of Datong[240]
Jiajing wokou raids: Raiding parties attack the coast of Zhejiang[234]
The Jiajing Emperor selects 800 girls between the ages of 8 and 14 for palace service[241]
1553 Jiajing wokou raids: Wang Zhi raids the coast of Zhejiang north of Taizhou[234]
1554 spring Serious epidemics break out in Beijing[242]
March Jiajing wokou raids: Pirates kill the magistrate of Songjiang and occupy Chongming Island[234]
Luso-Chinese agreement (1554): Leonel de Sousa bribes the vice-commissioner of maritime defense into letting the Portuguese stay at Macau for an annual payment of 500 taels and 20 percent imperial duty on half their products[243]
1555 Jiajing wokou raids: Pirates attack Hangzhou[244]
May Jiajing wokou raids: Ming forces defeat a large raiding party north of Jiaxing[244]
The Jiajing Emperor selects 180 girls under the age of 10 for palace service[241]
1556 January 1556 Shaanxi earthquake: An earthquake devastates Shaanxi, with over 800,000 reported dead[245]
Jiajing wokou raids: Pirates raid the entire coastline from Nanjing to Hangzhou[234]
The Jiajing Emperor asks the Ministry of Rites to find some magical plants to make him immortal[241]
1557 May The three main audience halls in the Forbidden City are destroyed in a fire[245]
winter Sengge, son of Altan Khan, lays siege to a garrison near Datong[245]
1558 April Jiajing wokou raids: Pirates raid Zhejiang and northern Fujian[246]
Sengge retreats upon the arrival of reinforcements[245]
The Ministry of Rites presents 1,860 magical plants to the Jiajing Emperor[247]
Imperial treasuries fall to less than 200,000 ounces of silver[245]
1559 summer Qi Jiguang begins applying his tactical reforms on newly recruited soldiers[248]
A drought causes starvation in the Changjiang River Delta[249]
December The Suzhou garrison mutinies[249]
Jiajing wokou raids: Pirates take over Jinmen Island and launch raids into Fujian and Guangdong[249]

1560s[edit]

Year Date Event
1560 March The Nanjing garrison rebels in response to cuts in rations until they're given 40,000 ounces of silver[250]
The Jiajing Emperor suffers from insomnia[251]
Qi Jiguang publishes his Jixiao Xinshu describing the musket volley fire technique and his experience training the Ming army in its use.[252]
1561 December The Forbidden City's residential palace is destroyed in a fire[253]
The Ming dynasty starts producing portable breech-loading firearms.[254][255]
1562 June The Forbidden City's residential palace is rebuilt[253]
December Jiajing wokou raids: Pirates capture Xinghua[249]
1563 May Jiajing wokou raids: Ming forces retake Xinghua and destroy pirate bases in Fujian[249]
Pirate Lin Daoqian retreats to southwestern Taiwan after being chased by Ming naval forces[256]
A walled town is built in Penghu on the orders of a Ming general[257]
1564 Eunuchs drop peaches into the Jiajing Emperor's bed and tell him they fell from heaven[258]
The Jiajing Emperor reduces all imperial clansmen to commoner status in response to their demand for stipends[250]
1565 The Jiajing Emperor becomes ill[258]
1566 Jiajing wokou raids: Ming forces eradicate pirates in Jiangxi and Guangdong[249]
1567 23 January The Jiajing Emperor dies[258]
4 February Zhu Zaihou becomes the Longqing Emperor[259]
The ban on overseas trading is lifted[249]

1570s[edit]

Year Date Event
1570 Wang Gao of the Jianzhou Guard raids Ming settlements[260]
1572 5 July The Longqing Emperor dies[261]
19 July Zhu Yijun becomes the Wanli Emperor[261]
1573 Spanish trade with China begins[262]
1574 Li Chengliang kills Wang Gao with the help of Giocangga and Taksi[260]
A wall is erected around Macau[263]
1575 Wang Wanggao, a Ming naval officer, arrives at Luzon and returns with a Spanish embassy headed by Martín de Rada; the embassy fails due to the Spanish inability to capture Lin Feng, a Chinese pirate[264]
1576 The China-America trade is established[262]
1578 Portuguese are allowed to travel to Guangzhou[263]
1579 Donglin movement: All private Donglin Academies are shut down[265]

1580s[edit]

Year Date Event
1580 Single whip law: Tax laws are simplified[266]
Officials criticize the Wanli Emperor for negligence and the questionable propriety of his personal life[267]
1582 Ming forces defeat Atai of the Jianzhou Jurchens, and accidentally kill Giocangga and Taksi, grandfather and father of Nurhaci[268]
The Taicang Treasury accumulates over 6 million taels of silver[269]
A Gregorian calendar more accurate than the Chinese calendar is produced in Europe[270]
1583 Matteo Ricci sets up a church in Zhaoqing[271]
1589 Bozhou rebellion: Miao people rebel in Bozhou[272]

1590s[edit]

Year Date Event
1590 Chinese from Fujian start settling in southwestern Taiwan[273]
1592 March Ordos Campaign: Liu Dongyang and Pubei rebel in Ningxia[274]
14 July Ordos Campaign: Ye Mengxiong brings cannons and additional Miao troops to the siege of Ningxia[275]
23 August Ordos Campaign: Dikes around Ningxia are completed[276]
6 September Ordos Campaign: Ningxia is flooded[277]
25 September Ordos Campaign: Rebels make one last attempt to break out of Ningxia[277]
12 October Ordos Campaign: The north wall collapses and the rebellion is defeated[278]
Japanese invasions of Korea (1592–98): Ming forces mobilize to intervene in the Japanese invasion of Joseon[279]
Japanese invasions of Korea (1592–98): Nurhaci offers to fight the Japanese but is refused; Ming reacts with alarm to the size and quality of Nurhaci's troops[280]
1593 8 January Siege of Pyongyang (1593): Ming and Joseon forces evict Japanese troops from Pyeongyang[279]
27 January Battle of Byeokjegwan: An advance Ming scout party is defeated by Japanese forces[281]
Expansion of the Jia Canal begins[282]
Middle and junior grade assignments are assigned by drawing lots[283]
Ming officials issue ten licenses each year for Chinese junks to trade in northern Taiwan[284]
1594 Bozhou rebellion: Ming forces are defeated in Sichuan[285]
1596 The Wanli Emperor dispatches eunuchs as tax collectors and mining intendants[286]
1597 17 October Battle of Jiksan: The Japanese advance towards Hanseong is halted by Ming forces[287]
1598 4 January Siege of Ulsan: Ming and Joseon forces fail to evict the Japanese from Ulsan Castle[288]
October Battle of Sacheon (1598): Ming and Joseon forces fail to evict the Japanese from Sacheon[288]
7 October Siege of Suncheon: Ming and Joseon forces fail to evict the Japanese from Suncheon Castle[288]
16 December Battle of Noryang: Ming and Joseon naval forces defeat the Japanese fleet[288]
24 December Japanese invasions of Korea (1592–98): Japanese forces withdraw from Korea[289]
Bozhou rebellion: The Miao rebellion is suppressed[285]
Mongols kill Li Rusong, the Ming commander-in-chief[290]
Ming cavalry experiments with firing a three-barreled matchlock before using it as a shield while they attack with a saber using their other hand.[291]
Cantonese officials give permission to the Spanish to trade in El Piñal[292]
1599 All major ports have senior eunuchs in residence[293]

17th century[edit]

1600s[edit]

Year Date Event
1600 January 17 The Portuguese in Macau attack the Spanish in Lampacau. The Spanish abandons El Piñal.[294]
The size of European book collections surpass that of China[295]
1602 Matteo Ricci settles in Beijing to preach Christianity[271]
1603 October Sangley Rebellion: The Spanish, Japanese, and Filipinos massacre the Chinese population in Manila; the Wanli Emperor blames a eunuch for aggravating the Spanish by asking if they could mine in Cavite[296]
Nurhaci and Ming generals agree to delineate the boundary between their territories[281]
Chinese scholar Chen Di spends some time at the Bay of Tayouan (which Taiwan takes its name from) during a Ming dynasty anti-pirate mission and provides the first significant description of Taiwanese aborigines[297]
1604 Donglin movement: The Donglin Academy is founded[298]
1605 June A thunderbolt knocks down the flagpole at the Altar of Heaven, which is very inauspicious, causing some officials to resign[299]
1606 Army officers in Yunnan riot and kill Yang Rong, a eunuch superintendent of mining[293]
Ming muskets are attached with plug bayonets.[300]
1607 The first six books of Euclid's Elements are translated into Chinese[301]
1609 The Jia Canal is completed[302]

1610s[edit]

Year Date Event
1610 Joseph Needham estimates that European civilization surpassed China in astronomy and physics around this time[270]
1615 Nurhaci sends his last tributary emissary to Beijing[303]
1616 Nurhaci declares the Later Jin, also known as the Amaga Aisin Gurun[304]
1618 9 May Battle of Fushun: Later Jin seizes Fushun[305]
summer Battle of Qinghe: Later Jin takes Qinghe[306]
1619 18 April Battle of Sarhū: Ming forces are annihilated by Later Jin[307]
26 July Battle of Kaiyuan: Later Jin takes Kaiyuan[308]
3 September Battle of Tieling: Later Jin takes Tieling[308]
September The first Russian envoy, Ivan Petlin, reaches Beijing[309]
Ligdan Khan attacks Guangning[310]

1620s[edit]

Year Date Event
1620 18 August The Wanli Emperor dies[311]
28 August Zhu Changluo becomes the Taichang Emperor[311]
6 September The Taichang Emperor becomes ill[312]
26 September The Taichang Emperor dies[312]
1 October Zhu Youjiao becomes the Tianqi Emperor[313]
Ming foundries start producing Hongyipao.[314]
1621 4 May Battle of Shen-Liao: Later Jin seizes Shenyang[315]
fall She-An Rebellion: Yi people rebel in Sichuan and Guizhou[316]
December Battle of Fort Zhenjiang: Ming raids into Later Jin are repulsed[317]
1622 11 March Battle of Guangning: Later Jin seizes Guangning[317]
24 June Battle of Macau: A Dutch attack on Macau is repelled by the Portuguese[318]
June White Lotus rebels appear in Shandong[319]
August White Lotus rebels block the Grand Canal[320]
The Dutch start building a fort at Penghu[321]
October Sino-Dutch conflicts: Dutch vessels start raiding Ming trading ships[318]
November White Lotus rebels are defeated[320]
An earthquake strikes Gansu, killing 12,000[319]
1623 October Sino-Dutch conflicts: A Dutch raid on Xiamen is repulsed[318]
She-An Rebellion: Ming forces are defeated[316]
The Yellow River bursts its dikes and flood Xuzhou[319]
1624 26 August Sino-Dutch conflicts: Ming forces evict the Dutch from Penghu and they retreat to Taiwan, settling near the Bay of Tayouan next to a pirate village[318]
She-An Rebellion: Ming forces defeat rebels but are unable to decisively quell the rebellion[316]
1625 The Donglin movement is purged[322]
1626 10 February Battle of Ningyuan: A Later Jin attack on Ningyuan is repulsed and Nurhaci is wounded and dies[323]
1627 spring Battle of Ning-Jin: Later Jin forces under Hong Taiji attack Jinzhou but are repelled
30 September The Tianqi Emperor dies[324]
2 October Zhu Youjian becomes the Chongzhen Emperor[325]
1628 spring Drought hits Shanxi[326]
August Pirate lord Zheng Zhilong surrenders to the Ming[327]
1629 winter Jisi Incident: Later Jin forces break through the Great Wall and loot the region around Beijing[328]
The Chongzhen Emperor cuts funding for the imperial post service, causing out of work postal workers to rebel in Shanxi[326]
She-An Rebellion: The rebels are defeated[316]

1630s[edit]

Year Date Event
1630 summer Jisi Incident: Later Jin forces retreat[328]
1631 April Rebels capture Pingdu[329]
21 November Battle of Dalinghe: Later Jin seizes Dalinghe[330]
1632 22 February Wuqiao Mutiny: Troops from Shandong mutiny and capture Dengzhou[329]
Spanish Manila trade with China reaches 2 million pesos per year[326]
Ming defensive planners build some star forts but they don't catch on in China.[331]
1633 April Wuqiao Mutiny: Shandong rebels defect to Later Jin[329]
7 July Battle of Liaoluo Bay: Ming dockyards start construction of multidecked broadside sailing ships capable of holding large cannons under the supervision of Zheng Zhilong; they get blown up by a Dutch surprise attack[332]
summer Siege of Lüshun: Later Jin seizes Lüshun[333]
22 October Battle of Liaoluo Bay: Ming forces defeat a Dutch pirate fleet near Jinmen Island[334]
27 December Rebels take Mianzhi[335]
1634 14 September Rebellion breaks out at Tongcheng[336]
1635 March Rebels take Fengyang[337]
August Ming forces are defeated by rebels in Gansu[337]
September Li Zicheng rebels in Shanxi[336]
Telescopes are used for aiming artillery in the Ming dynasty.[338]
1636 Hong Taiji proclaims the Qing dynasty[339]
1638 Qing dynasty conquers Shandong[340]
Ming forces are defeated on the Shanxi-Henan border[340]
1639 The Spanish and Filipinos massacre 20,000 Chinese in Luzon[341]
Portuguese merchants from Macau are banned from Nagasaki[341]
Zhejiang experiences drought[342]

1640s[edit]

Year Date Event
1640 summer Rebels enter Sichuan[340]
1641 Li Zicheng enters Henan[341]
March Li Zicheng takes Luoyang[341]
Rebel leader Zhang Xianzhong takes Xiangyang[341]
15 July Zhang Xianzhong takes Wuchang[343]
October Zhang Xianzhong takes Changsha and Hengzhou[344]
Li Zicheng takes Kaifeng[344]
Locusts attack Zhejiang[342]
1642 8 April Battle of Song-Jin: Qing dynasty takes Jinzhou[345]
Floods strike Zhejiang[342]
Composite metal cannons are produced in the Ming dynasty.[314][346][347]
Li Zicheng's rebels manage to create a two zhang breach in Ming fortifications using cannons.[348]
1643 January Li Zicheng takes Xiangyang[344]
November Li Zicheng takes Xi'an[345]
Zhang Xianzhong declares the Daxia Kingdom in Huguang[349]
1644 8 February Li Zicheng proclaims his Shun dynasty in Xi'an[350]
25 April Li Zicheng takes Beijing and the Chongzhen Emperor hangs himself[351]
27 May Battle of Shanhai Pass: Wu Sangui lets the Qing forces through the Great Wall and their forces defeat Li Zicheng in battle, after which Li retreats to Beijing[352]
5 June Qing dynasty takes Beijing and Li Zicheng flees[352]
19 June Zhu Yousong becomes the Hongguang Emperor of Southern Ming in Nanjing[353]
Zhang Xianzhong relocates to Chengdu and proceeds to massacre the Sichuan population[349]
1645 January Qing forces capture Luoyang[354]
20 May Qing forces capture Yangzhou[354]
16 June Qing forces capture Nanjing and the Hongguang Emperor[355]
June Li Zicheng dies[356]
6 July Qing forces capture Hangzhou[355]
21 July All nonclerical adult male citizens are ordered to adopt the Manchu queue to show their allegiance to the Qing dynasty[357]
18 August Zhu Yujian becomes the Longwu Emperor at Fuzhou[358]
August Zhu Yihai becomes regent of Ming at Shaoxing, taking control of Ming loyalists at Yuyao and Taizhou[358]
1646 February Ming forces are defeated in Jiangnan[359]
10 July Qing forces defeat the Ming army at Tonglu[360]
30 September Qing forces capture Yanping[361]
6 October The Longwu Emperor is killed by Qing forces[361]
17 October Qing forces take Fuzhou[361]
12 December Zhu Yuyue becomes the Shaowu Emperor in Guangzhou[362]
24 December Zhu Youlang becomes the Yongli Emperor in Zhaoqing[362]
1647 2 January Zhang Xianzhong is killed by Qing forces but his army occupies Chongqing and then occupies Sichuan under the leadership of Sun Kewang[363]
20 January Qing forces capture Guangzhou and the Shaowu Emperor[364]
5 March Qing forces conquer Guangdong, half of Guangxi, and Hainan[364]
March Qing forces take Changsha[365]
spring Qing forces raid Anping[366]
23 September Qing forces take Wugang[367]
Zhu Yihai conducts raids on the coast of Fujian from island bases[368]
1648 20 February Ming loyalists rebel at Nanchang and Nanning[369]
14 April Qing forces fail to take Guilin[367]
1649 15 January Ming loyalists rebel at Datong[370]
1 March Qing forces take Nanchang[371]
4 October Ming loyalists at Datong are defeated[370]
summer Qing forces conquer southern Huguang[372]
24 November Qing forces slaughter the population of Guangzhou[373]
27 November Qing forces capture Guilin[373]
2 December Qing forces capture Zhaoqing and the Yongli Emperor flees[373]

1650s[edit]

Year Date Event
1651 15 October Qing forces capture Zhoushan and Zhu Yihai flees[374]
1652 7 August Rebel general Li Dingguo takes Guilin[375]
winter Sun Kewang's army is routed by Qing forces[375]
Zhu Yihai settles on Jinmen Island with the help of Zheng Chenggong and renounces his title as Regent of Ming[376]
1653 Li Dingguo retreats to Guangdong[375]
1655 Li Dingguo's army is routed by Qing forces[375]
Ming loyalist Zheng Chenggong establishes Xiamen as his base[377]
1656 March The Yongli Emperor arrives in Yunnan[378]
9 May Qing forces try to invade Jinmen Island but their fleet is destroyed in a storm[379]
1657 February Ming forces defeat a Qing army near the Changjiang River Delta[379]
October Sun Kewang's forces are defeated by Li Dingguo in eastern Yunnan and he retreats to Guizhou[378]
December Sun Kewang surrenders to the Qing dynasty[378]
1658 June Zheng Chenggong occupies Wenzhou[380]
1659 7 January Qing forces advance into Yunnan and the Yongli Emperor flees to Toungoo dynasty[381]
10 March Qing forces capture Yongchang and defeat Li Dingguo's army, securing Yunnan[381]
June The Yongli Emperor reaches Inwa[382]
10 August Zheng Chenggong takes Zhenjiang[383]
24 August Zheng Chenggong lays siege to Nanjing[383]
9 September Zheng Chenggong's army is annihilated and he retreats to Xiamen[384]

1660s[edit]

Year Date Event
1660 February Qing forces launch an attack on Jinmen Island and Xiamen but fail[384]
1661 21 April Zheng Chenggong departs from Jinmen Island for Taiwan[385]
30 April Zheng Chenggong arrives on the shores of Dutch Formosa[385]
1 May Fort Provintia surrenders to Zheng Chenggong[386]
June Pye Min massacres most of the Yongli Emperor's entourage[387]
1662 20 January Qing forces advance towards Inwa and force the return of the Yongli Emperor[387]
1 February Siege of Fort Zeelandia: Fort Zeelandia surrenders to Zheng Chenggong[386]
May The Yongli Emperor is executed in Yunnan; so ends the Southern Ming resistance on the mainland[387]
23 June Zheng Chenggong dies and is succeeded by his son Zheng Jing[388]
23 December Zhu Yihai dies[388]
1664 The Qing dynasty conquers Fujian and Zheng Jing retreats to Taiwan[389]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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