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Tang Dynasty OverviewThe Tang Dynasty was founded in 618 by the Li family who took power after the assignation of the Sui dynasty emperor. The empire’s capital was located in the city of Chang’an. The Tang dynasty traded along the Silk Road and connected China to the cities of central Asia, the Middle East, the Abbasid Dynasty in Baghdad, and even the Roman Byzantine Dynasty in Constantinople. The Silk Road led to higher profits for merchants, better tax income for the empire, and a higher standard of living for the Chinese people. This brought more merchants to China where they had more protection for robbers. After they worked up their wealth they made a fierce, powerful army. The army led to expansion of the Tang. The newly acquired land made more area for agriculture and their control on trade grew. The Tang Dynasty had the first empress named Wu. Tang InventionsIntellect was an important part of an empire and the Tang had many achievements in this area.