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When was the Great Wall of China built?

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The Great Wall of China was built during several periods of China's history, most famously during the reign of Qin Shi Huangdi, the first Emperor of China. He ruled between 221 and 206 B.C.

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However, this iteration of the Great Wall was not an entirely new construction. Instead, the emperor joined together existing northern fortifications to make a bulwark against invaders from the north. Subsequent dynasties, such as the Han and Sui, rebuilt and reinforced sections of the wall in the first half of the first millennium. However, the most dramatic reformulation of the Great Wall came under the Ming Dynasty, which came to power after ousting the Yuan Dynasty. This new Great Wall is the one familiar to tourists today, with stone ramparts, guard towers and heavy fortifications for miles. The Ming Dynasty reigned from 1368 to 1644.

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