Russian Conquest of Siberia

The Russian conquest of Siberia occurred between 1580 and 1640.  Units of the Imperial Russian Army and Cossacks advanced eastward, crossing the Ural Mountains and seizing Qashliq, the capital city of the Siberian Khanate, through armed force.  This invasion was probably carried out in order to neutalize the Tartar (Turkic Mongol) threat, considering the 1571 ground assault against Moscow, the capital of Russia.   Some 200,000 people were killed during that horrific attack, as the Tartars destroyed much of that city in fire.  Anyways, Tartar ground troops often used combat archery while both sides fired muzzle-loaded cannons in battle, the geographically vast Siberian Khanate having been a fragment of the now defunct Mongol Empire.  The Tartar Army, which was loyal to Kucum Khan, was defeated.  However, the Imperial Russian Army then proceeded to conquer the rest of Northern Asia, defeating pockets of armed resistance by indigenous Evenk, Korjak and Chukchi warriors.  (History article provided by Freelance writer B.E Shibley)

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