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Conquest Of The North 201–207

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The defeat of Yuan Shao at Guandu was decisive, in as much as it ensured that he would not threaten Cao Cao for the foreseeable future, but it had been a near-run thing and both sides were exhausted. Cao Cao sent a raiding party across the Yellow River in Dongping commandery, and he also attacked Yuan Shaos positions at the Cangting crossing in Dong commandery, but he held his main force at the line of the River and made no major attempt to take advantage of his victory. At some point Yuan Tan had been adopted across to maintain the lineage of Yuan Shaos elder brother; but he was probably the natural son of Yuan Shaos own adoptive father Yuan Cheng, whose early death left the vacancy which Yuan Shao had been transferred to fill. The effect of the victory at White Wolf Mountain was totally satisfactory.

Keywords: Cao Cao; White Wolf Mountain; Yellow River; Yuan Shao; Yuan Tan



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