Ancient History Encyclopedia

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Samurai warriors rise to power in Japan

The samurai (also bushi) were a class of warriors which arose in the 10th century CE in medieval Japan and which lasted until the 17th century CE. The type has been romanticised since the 18th century CE as the epitome of chivalry and honor.

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The Wari culture flourishes in modern-day Peru

Based at their capital Huari, the Wari successfully exploited the diverse landscapes they controlled to construct an empire administered by provincial capitals connected by a large road network.

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K’inich Yax K’uk Mo founds Copán dynasty

A farming settlement from as early as 1000 BCE, Copán emerged as a major centre around 250 C.E. The traditional named founder of Copán, K’inich Yax K’uk Mo’, reigned from 426 C.E. to c. 437 C.E.

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