Zheng He, a Muslim-born officer in the service of Emperor Yongle commanded a Chinese voyage of exploration and diplomacy in 1405. The fleet comprised 300 ships including the Treasure Ship, a nine-masted junk more than 400 feet long, and 27,000 men. The expedition mission was to collect tribute, make diplomatic contacts, and extend China’s prestige and commercial influence. Over two years, the fleet visited ports in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, India, and Sri Lanka. Zheng He made seven other voyages, through the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea and along Africa’s east coast to Mozambique.
- Zheng He (article) | Khan Academy
Chinese Admiral in the Indian Ocean. In the early 1400s, Zheng He led the largest ships in the world on seven voyages of exploration to the lands …
- Zheng He | Biography, Facts, & Significance | Britannica
Zheng He was the best known of the Yongle emperor’s diplomatic agents. Learn more … Ma He quickly became a eunuch of great influence in the Yongle court. Soon after … Zheng He’s seventh and final voyage left China in the winter of 1431.
- The Ming Voyages | Asia for Educators | Columbia University
From 1405 until 1433, the Chinese imperial eunuch Zheng He led seven ocean … the way from China to Southeast Asia and then on to India, all the way to major … builders and repairmen for the trip, there were soldiers, diplomatic specialists, …
- The Seven Voyages of Zheng He – Ancient History Encyclopedia
Feb 7, 2019 – 1403-1424 CE) on seven diplomatic missions to increase trade and secure tribute from foreign powers. Between 1405 and 1433 CE Zheng He commanded huge fleets loaded with trade goods … Zheng He is widely regarded as the greatest ever Chinese explorer. … Spot the Mistake: Journeys of Discovery.
- Zheng He – Ages of Exploration
Zheng He was a Chinese explorer who lead seven great voyages on behalf of the … His seven total voyages were diplomatic, military, and trading ventures, and …