An American Bison in Tang Dynasty China?

Posted by Chris Parker | June 8, 2007 0

Photo: Tang Dynasty Buffalo? Source: Sparky’s American Epigraphy 

The Tang Dynasty (Chinese: 唐朝; Pinyin: Táng Cháo) (18 June 618 – 4 June 907 AD) was preceded by the Sui Dynasty and followed by the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Period in China. The dynasty was founded by the Li (李) family, who seized opportunity in the decline and collapse of the Sui Empire. The dynasty was interrupted briefly by the Second Zhou Dynasty (16 October 690 – 3 March 705) when Empress Wu Zetian seized the throne (the first and only Chinese Empress to rule in her own right).  

At its height in the 7th and early part of the 8th century, the Tang Dynasty was the most powerful empire in the world. The Tang Dynasty, with its capital at Chang’an (present-day Xi’an), the most populous city in the world at the time, is regarded by historians as a high point in Chinese civilization — equal to or surpassing that of the Han Dynasty – as well as a golden age of cosmopolitan culture. Its territory, acquired through the military campaigns of its early rulers, was greater than that of the Han period, and rivaled that of the later Yuan Dynasty and Qing Dynasty. The dynasty featured two of Chinese history’s major prosperity periods, the Zhen’guan Prosperity (Tang Taizong) and Kaiyuan Prosperity (Tang Xuanzong’s early rule). The enormous Grand Canal of China (still the longest canal in the world) built during the previous Sui Dynasty facilitated the rise of new urban settlements along its route, as well as increased accessibility in mainland China to its own indigenous commercial market….Wikipeda        


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