Chapter 14 Notes HST

Chapter 14 Notes HST - Chapter 14 Notes Zheng He- The...

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Chapter 14 Notes Zheng He- The Chinese admiral who was sent to travel the Indian Ocean to explore the region as well as spread the image of power of China as well as strengthen the economy by finding new trading partners. Zheng He was first sent by the Ming emperors in 1405 and consisted of 62 “treasure ships” that were enormous in size and carried all the trading goods and treasures from China and hundreds of smaller boats which accompanied these “treasure ships”. Zheng He navigated across most of the Indian Ocean and visited from Indonesia to Somalia and many places in between, and his longest trip lasted from 1415 to 1433. Along with the other countless interpreters in the fleet one kept a written record of the fleet’s travels and kept ethnography of all the people and places he visited. The contacts that the Chinese made with Africa caused three of the leading Swahili trading cities to send delegations to China, but this is only rumored and there is no written record of such meeting. In the end the Chinese intentions were similar to
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