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Gunpowder was discovered in the 9th Century by Chinese alchemists, which led to the invention of firearms in the 1100's.

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Gunpowder is the first physical explosive and propellant. Before its invention, many incendiary and burning devices had been used, including Greek fire.

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Mar 13, 2017 ... The invention of gunpowder by Tang Dynasty Chinese alchemists, around 850 A.D. led to military applications in China and eventually around ...

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When Chinese alchemists invented gunpowder it was a mistake. The alchemists were trying to find a potion for immortality and instead they wound up making ...

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How Gunpowder was Invented. Emperor Wu Di of the Han Dynasty. Emperor Wu Di of Ancient China's Han dynasty (156-87 B.C.) wanted to live and rule forever ...

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Nov 4, 2010 ... The Chinese tried to keep the gunpowder a secret to themselves but during ... the world waited for 500 years till the invention of nitroglycerine.

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Gunpowder in Ancient China - the invention of gunpowder.

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Apr 6, 2008 ... The quest for immortality ironically led to gunpowder's invention.

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Gunpowder was invented by Taoist alchemists in China during the Tang Dynasty. While the name of the actual inventor is unknown, an alchemist named Wei ...

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Gunpowder was invented by Chinese alchemists in the 9th century. Originally, it was made by mixing elemental sulfur, charcoal, and saltpeter (potassium ...