Today in the Middle Ages: May 5, 1260

On May 5, 1260, Kublai Khan was unanimously elected Khagan of the Mongol Empire.

A grandson and favorite of Genghis Khan, Kublai had distinguished himself as a provincial governor of the southern provinces of the Mongol Empire. He was enthusiastic about Chinese culture.

As Great Khan, he extended Mongol rule to its furthest extent. The Yuan dynasty he founded was the only foreign-born house ever to rule all of China.