Akbar was a great expansionist. He had expanded his empire from Bay of Bengal in east to Kandahar in west and Kashmir in North to Narmada in south. In fact, his empire was equal in area with that of Alauddin Khilji. However, Akbar’s approach was different. He extended mercy to those who easily submitted and used sword only against those who refuted his authority.
His empire had Hindu chiefs and kings serving at key positions. They acted as a support for his huge empire. Akbar never allowed any oppression by his officers.
The major conquests of Akbar are as following:
• In 1573, Akbar won Gujarat. Khan-i-Azam Mirza was appointed as Subedar of Gujarat.
• In 1574-75, he won Bengal.
• In 1581, he suppressed a revolt in Afghanistan.
• In 1595, he conquered Kashmir, Orissa, Sind and Kandahar.
• In the Deccan part, Berar, Khandesh and parts of Ahamednagar were conquered.
Akbar erected Buland Darwaja at Fatehpur Sikri to commemorate the victory over Gujarat.
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