Gongsun Du

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Gongsun Du
General of Military Might (武威將軍)
In office
c. 196 (c. 196) – 204 (204)
Monarch Emperor Xian of Han
Governor of Ping Province (平州牧)
In office
? (?) – ? (?)
Monarch Emperor Xian of Han
Administrator of Liaodong (遼東太守)
In office
? (?) – ? (?)
Monarch Emperor Xian of Han
Personal details
Born Unknown
Liaoyang, Liaoning
Died 204[1]
Father Gongsun Yan
Occupation General, warlord
Courtesy name Shengji (升濟)
Peerage Marquis of Yongning District
Map showing the major warlords of the Han dynasty in the 190s, including Gongsun Du

Gongsun Du (died 204), courtesy name Shengji, was a military general and warlord who lived during the late Eastern Han dynasty of China.[1] He was not able to participate in battle until Dong Zhuo seized power from Emperor Shao. Dong Zhuo, hoping to expand the empire, gave Gongsun Du the command to attack present-day Korea from across the sea. Gongsun Du was successful in his attack and also took control of the existing Daifang and Lelang commanderies established during the earlier period of the Han Dynasty, among others.

Under another order from Dong Zhuo, Gongsun Du took over Liaoning, this presaged the development of Gongsun Du's power base in the northeast. Gongsun Du later sent Gongsun Muo and Zhang Pi to present-day South Korea in an attempt to gain more land. He died in 204 and was succeeded by his son, Gongsun Kang, who continued to rule northeastern China.

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  1. ^ a b de Crespigny (2007), p. 266.