Chandragupta Maurya

by Ms. Young


Chandragupta Maurya founded the Mauryan Empire and ruled in what is now northern India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and part of Afghanistan from about 324 to 298 B.C. He probably gained power in western India while fighting against Alexander the Great, the king of Macedonia. Chandragupta then conquered Magadha, which was a kingdom in the fertile Ganges River Valley. He used the kingdom's mineral and agricultural resources to expand his empire.

Chandragupta built a powerful army and effective administration. He provided great economic benefits for his people by improving irrigation canals and roads. He used spies and informers to ensure obedience to his will.


Chandragupta Maurya was born in 360 B.C and died in 298 B.C in India.


Chandragupta Maurya was the founder of the Maurya dynasty and the first historical emperor of India.


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