The Road to the Throne: How Liu Bang Founded China's Han Dynasty

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CHAPTER 5: THE FOUNDING OF THE HAN DYNASTY

55. LIU BANG BECOMES EMPEROR OF THE HAN DYNASTY

In February 202 BC, Han Xin (King of the State of Chu) together with Peng Yu (King of the State of Liang), Ying Bu (King of the State of Huainan), Haan Xin (King of the State of Haan), Wu Rui (who was King of the State of Hengshan until Xiang Yu deprived him of that title and demoted him to Lord of Po, that is, the Ruler of the Barbarian Areas to the south of the Yangtze River), Zhang Er (King of the State of Zhao), and Zang Tu (King of the State of Yan), jointly presented a memorandum to Liu Bang, King of the State of Han, proposing that he ascend the throne as emperor. The memorandum read, “We, Han Xin, King of the State of Chu, Peng Yu, King of the State of Liang, Ying Bu, King of the State of Huainan, Haan Xin, King of the State of Haan, Wu Rui, the former King of the State of Hengshan, Zhang Er, King of the State of Zhao, Zang Tu, King of the State of Yan, take the liberty to present the following memorandum to Your Majesty: In the wars to overthrow the cruel rule of the Qin Dynasty, Your Majesty was the first to enter the capital of the Qin Dynasty and captured the King of Qin. Your Majesty pacified the area of Guanzhong. In these wars, Your Majesty made the greatest contributions. Your Majesty has fought very hard to preserve the states once destroyed by the Qin Dynasty and has brought peace and order to the whole realm. Your Majesty has granted us the title of kings.

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