The First Emperor

Qin Shi Huangdi

Qin Shi Huangdi

Born in 259 BC. He was the first emperor of China by the age of 39


Government

Qin Shi Huangdi established one government over people who had fought one another for centuries. He forced the main families who had opposed him to live in his capital city, Xianyang. His officials went around the country collecting all weapons, which they then brought back to Xianyang and melted down.

His Death

Qin Shi Huangdi survived many assassination attempts. So he slept in a different part of his palace every night to confuse would-be assassins. Instead he died of natural causes in 210 BC while making a trip around his empire.



Qin Shi Huangdi