In 1645, rebel leader Zhang Xianzhong, in revolt against the Ming Dynasty, began killing people he thought conspired against his rule in Sichuan. How many people he killed is unknown, but the 1758 Ming census showed the province with a population of 3.12 million. In 1661, the population was 16,096 men. Famine might have taken most of those people, but Zhang was responsible for thousands of deaths.
Archaeologists have recovered more than 10,000 items from Zhang’s treasure ships.
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‘Treasure if Ming Dynasty uprising leader found.’