The Original Great Wall Of China

The wall we now think of as the Great Wall of China was begun sometime in the end of the Warring Period—around 221 B.C. Before that, though, the Qin dynasty had already been building a massive wall of hard-packed dirt that was hundreds of miles long. It helped them win the war, and once their place in power was cemented, they turned their attention northward to build parts of the more well-known Great Wall.