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Kara Del

Kara Del


c. 1389–1513
Mongol states, XIV-XVII : 1. Mongolian Khaganate 2. Four Oirat 3. Moghulistan 4. Kara Del
Capital Hami
Languages Mongolian
Government Monarchy
Khan Gunashiri
Historical era Post-classical
 -  Gunashiri breaks away from Northern Yuan Dynasty c. 1389
 -  Qara Del accepts Ming supremacy 1404
 -  Conquered by Esen of the Mongolian Khaganatebased in Mongolia proper 1430s
 -  Coup staged by pro-Mongol faction 1463
 -  Ming restores Gunashiri dynasty 1467
 -  Mansur Khan from the Chagatai Khanate overthrew the Gunashiri dynasty and the region's conversion to Islam 1513
Today part of  China

Kara Del was a Mongol kingdom that existed in Hami in present-day Xinjiang. It was founded by the Yuan prince Gunashiri, a descendant of Chagatai Khan, in the late 14th century (c.1389), and ruled by the Chagatayids thereafter until 1463. It was destroyed as results of the wars between Ming China and Oirat Mongols and dynastic succession struggles in 1513. Qara Del means Black chest in Mongolian language.

After the demise of the Northern Yuan emperor Tögüs Temür, Kublai Khan's (r. 1260-1294) descendant, the throne of Mongolia passed into the hands of Jorightu Khan Yesüder, an Arib-Bokid prince, in 1388. With the anarchy after the Mongol Emperor's death, Chagatai Khan's descendant, Gunashiri, who followed the Yuan court's retreat into Mongolia, attempted to break away from the new Khan's rule. By 1390, Gunashiri, himself Buddhist, successfully established himself in Hami where the Uighurs lived.[1]

The Qara Del accepted the Ming supremacy to save its existence in 1404, and came under Ming control as Hami Prefecture.[2] The Qara Del ruler Enke-temur was granted the title Zhongshunwang (meaning the obedient prince) by the Ming court. However, they were threatened by Mongolian Emperors, particularly during the reign of Yesüder, from the north. The Oirats from Western Mongolia pressured into the kingdom from 1400s on. Their leader and Yuan taishi, Esen, (future Emperor of the Mongols) forced the Qara Del khan to submit in 1430s. The kingdom was one of two Chagatyid Ulus (realms) conquered by Esen, other one being Moghulistan (c. 1432). He extensively supported the rivalry between successor of Gunashiri and intervened in their dynastic struggles. The Ming Dynasty was trying to place their puppet on the throne to secure their claim at the time.

In 1463 the khan was overthrown by a pro-Mongol faction and a serious succession crisis started. From 1467 Ming Emperors reinstalled members of Gunashiri's house but the failure was evident. Hami was conquered by Mansur, the khan from another branch of the Chagatayids in Central Asia, putting an end to the dynasty in 1513. Mansur forcefully converted all people living in East Turkestan to Islam.[3]

List of rulers of Kara Del

According to Chinese WorldHeritage:

  • Gunashiri (兀納失里) (1380-1393)
  • Enke Timur (安克帖木兒) (1393-1405) (He was vassal of Chine since June 1404)
  • Tuō Tuō (脫脫 (哈密國) (1405-1411) (He was vassal of China)
  • Tù Lì Tiē Mù Er (兔力帖木兒) (1411-1425) (He was vassal of China)
  • Bo Dá Shī Lǐ (卜答失里) (1425-1439) (He was firstly vassal of China, later of Mongolian Khaganate). He was rivalled firstly Tuō Huān Tiē Mù Er (脱欢帖木儿) (1427-1437) and Tuō Tuō Tǎ Mù Er (脱脱塔木儿) (1437-1439), the son of rival.
  • Hā Lì Suǒ Lǔ Tán (哈力锁鲁檀) (1439-1457) (He was vassal firstly of Mongolian Khaganate till 1455, later of China)
  • Bo Liè Gé (卜列革) (1457-1460)

Rivalry between Nǔ Wēn Dá Shī Lǐ (努溫答失里) (1460-1472) and Bǎ Tǎ Mù Er (把塔木儿) (1466-1472)

  • Hǎn Shèn (罕慎) (1472-1488)
  • Yǎn Kè Bèi Lá(奄克孛剌) (1488-1492) and (1493-1497)
  • Shǎn Bā (陕巴) (1492-1493) and (1497-1505)
  • Bài Yá Jí (拜牙即) (1505-1513)


  1. ^ Ed. Reuven Amitai-Preiss, Reuven Amitai, David Morgan-The Mongol empire and its legacy, p.294
  2. ^ C.P.Atwood-Encyclopedia of Mongolia and the Mongol Empire, p. 564
  3. ^ 哈密回王简史-回王家族的初始 - 哈密政府网
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