Ming Dynasty

Inventions/Technology/Science and Architecture

Major Inventions, Technology, and Scientific Discoveries

  • Made gunpowder after mixing certain ingredients, which also lead to the invention of bombs and rockets.
  • Water pumps for irrigation, and also a harness for animals to pull, when farming.
  • Paper (At that time, they usually wrote on bamboo or silk).
  • The compass.
  • Junk ships. Large ships that could hold up to 500 people with multiple decks and used rudders.
  • Armor made out of Strengthened Paper

Important and Recognized Buildings

  • During the rule of Zhou Yuanzhang (or Hung-Wu), a famous imperial palace, known as the Forbidden City, was built.

Some important Inventions...