The first Ming was a peasant

The Hongwu Emperor (1328–1398) was the man who established the now famous Ming dynasty in China.

He came out of a peasant family, was once a buddhist monk and then managed to unite China and overthrow the prime minister to make himself the emperor of China.



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http://www.infoplease.com/encyclopedia/people/ming.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hongwu_Emperor#Relations_with_Muslims

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