What was the Shang Dynasty?
The Shang King, Cheng Tang defeated King Jie of the Xia Dynasty to begin the Shang Dynasty. The Shang family took over some of the cities along the Huang He. They ruled the area around the North China plain. The Shang dynasty was structured with nobles at the top and peasants at the bottom. They used horse drawn chariots to defend themselves. The Shang dynasty was the second dynasty of China following the Xia dynasty which lasted from 2700-1600 BC. The Shang dynasty lasted from 1600-1046 BC before it was overthrown by the Zhou Dynasty.