First Emperor Qin was only emperor for 15
years. But in that time, he made great changes. It was under his rule
that China became one country.
One of the things Emperor Qin wanted to
accomplish was to strengthen China's protection from the Mongol tribe to
the north. China's natural barriers in the east, south, and west,
protected her from invasion. But China was vulnerable to the
Emperor Qin set people to work to build
the Great Wall. Qin wanted a wall 30 feet wide and 50 feet high. This
was quite an engineering feat!
Qin put many people to work building the
wall including criminals, scholars, captured enemies and anyone he felt
like assigning to the wall construction. Laborers who worked on the wall
were not paid and they were not given very much food. It was slave labor
and very harsh. People died of disease and exhaustion. There were
accidents from falling rocks.
Even though Qin put over 3,000 people to
work building the wall, it took a little longer than he had originally
thought it would to build. It took over 1700 years! Emperor after
emperor followed Qin's lead and forced people to build the wall. By the
time the wall was done, it was 3700 miles long!
The Great Wall still stands. You can
visit it. You can stand on it. You can see it from space!
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