Image from page 64 of “Corea, the hermit nation : I. Ancient and mediaeval history. II. Political and social Corea. III. Modern and recent history” (1897)
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Title: Corea, the hermit nation : I. Ancient and mediaeval history. II. Political and social Corea. III. Modern and recent history
Year: 1897 (1890s)
Authors: Griffis, William Elliot, 1843-1928
Publisher: New York : C. Scribner’s sons
Contributing Library: University of California Libraries
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e 2:)rovinces, like the Kokorai division, into fiveclans or tribes. At the opening of the Christian era we find the people of Ko-korai already strong and restless enough to excite attention fromthe Chinese coiut. In 9 a.d. they were recognized as a nationwith their o\m kings, and classified with Huentu, one of thedistricts of old Cho-sen. One of these kings, in the year 30, senttribute to the Chinese emperor. In 50 a.d. Kokorai, by invitation,sent theii warriors to assist the Chinese army against a rebel hordein the northwest. In a.d. 70 the men of Kokorai descended uponLiao Tung, and ha\ing now a taste for border war and conquest,they marched into the petty kingdom of Wei, which lay in what isnow the extreme northeast of Corea. Absorbing tliis little coun-try, they kept up constant warfare against the Chinese. Thoughtlieii- old kinsmen, the Fuyu men, were at times allies of the Han,yet they gradually spread themselves eastward and southward, so THE FUYU RACE AND THEIll MIGRATIONS. 25
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i Fuyu and Manchiu. 26 COREA. that by 169 a.d. the Kokorai kingdom embraced the whole of theterritory of old Cho-sen, or of Liao Tung, with aU the Coreanpeninsiila north of the Ta-tong, and even to the Tumen River. This career of conquest suffered a check for a time, when aChinese expedition, sailing up the Yalu River, invested the capitalcity of the king and defeated his army. The king fled beyondthe Tumen River. Eight thousand people are said to have beenmade prisoners or slaughtered by the Chinese. For a time itseemed as though Kokorai were too badly crippled to move again. Anarchy broke out in China, on the faU of the house of Han,A.D. 220, and lasted for half a century. That period of Chinese his-tory, from 221 to 277, is called the Epoch of the Three King-doms. Duiing this period, and until well into the fifth century,while China was rent into Northern and Southern divisions,the military activities of Kokorai were employed with varying re-sults against the i:)etty kingdoms that
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