Helped – Beijing, Ancient China
- Timeline: 1045 BCE to 1600 AD
Ancient China benefitted heavily from its use of technology. Of course, many will claim Ancient China is quite a long time period. During this time, they’d invent things like the compass, papermaking, printing overall, gunpowder, and even fireworks. Beijing was founded around the time many of its biggest inventions and much of its culture began. The Zhou Dynasty made it a major city beginning in 1045 BCE. Yet the Forbidden City would not become China’s capital city until 1279 AD. Of course, one of the biggest things the nation is known for is its infamous Great Wall.
It saw sections built for centuries, but it was not until the Ming Dynasty’s push to finish the wall that it was actually constructed fully. One could say that Beijing was a huge asset to Chinese influence worldwide due to being a major hub for trade. The Silk Road ran through Beijing and was one of the most notable trade territories in history. On top of that, early Chinese technology allowed their economy to grow heavily. Plus, any weaponry they made only added to China’s ability to defend itself and add to its land. They also used to really care about their people during this point, even when the Mongols had control. That would not last, however.