The wreck of a 13th century Mongolian ship that sunk during a failed invasion of Japan has been found. It’s one of two confirmed ships that date to invasions in 1274 and 1281 when armadas of over 4,000 ships were sent by Kublai Khan to conquer the Yuan Dynasty in Japan. Both invasions were thwarted by typhoons, or “kamikazes,’ meaning Divine Wind.

Image: The University of the Ryukyus and the Matsuura city board of education

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I just got done listening to the Hardcore History podcast about the Mongols this afternoon. They believed the world was theirs by right. It is amazing the amount of territory they controlled and the fact that they were so close to taking Europe, while controlling most of China and a good part of the Middle East. They were also unbelievably vicious.