Chao T'o (d. c. 167).
Born into an aristocratic family in the state of Ch'in, he entered the army and rose to become a general under Shih Huang-ti; commanded armies for Shih in the unification of China and the creation of the Ch'in dynasty (222); led a huge Ch'in army to conquer southern China (215-210), and established himself as viceroy of the area with his capital at Canton (Guangzhou); became increasingly independent as the Ch'in dynasty faltered, and proclaimed himself Prince of Yueh (in Zhejiang province) (205); recognized the suzerainty of the new Han dynasty (196), but retained most of his autonomy; defeated a Han invasion (181), and died about 167. <BL>
Source: Pan Ku, The History of the Former Han Dynasty, 3 vols. Translated and edited by Homer H. Dubs. Baltimore, 1938-1955. Reprint, Ithaca, N.Y., 1971.
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|Author:||Kozumplik, Peter W.|
|Publication:||The Harper Encyclopedia of Military Biography|
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