The Korean peninsula was first settled by tribal peoples from Manchuria and Siberia. Agricultural communities developed into tribal states. Three powerful figures, King T’aejo (AD 53–146) of Koguryo, King Koi (AD 234–86) of Paekche and King Naemul (AD 356–402) of Silla, established hereditary monarchies. With China’s support Silla conquered Paekche in 660 and Koguryo in 668. In 676 Silla drove out the Chinese and gained control of the peninsula.
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