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33 - QUESTION: What sunk the fleet that attempted to invade Japan from Masan, Korea?
Answer: A severe storm.
Masan was a port located in South Korea, operated by the Mongols during the 13th century Mongol-Yuan Dynasty in China, and was used in the preparations to conquer Japan. The town was known as Happo. Kublai Khan, the ruler of the Mongol-Yuan Dynasty, had formed an alliance with the Koryo Korean state and launched an allied Mongol-Koryo invasion of Japan in 1274 (and 1281). With a combination of tens of thousands of troops, the allied armies departed Masan on board an estimated 900 ships in an attempt to conquer Japan -- the invasion eventually failed. What happened to the massive Mongol armada has been a subject of debate amongst historians. Archaeologist and historian James Delgado has revealed that a severe storm was the main reason behind the sinking of the Mongol fleet and navy.
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