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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 14 Zheng He- The admiral of the largest fleet at that point in history to sail on a series of expeditions in the Indian Ocean. Entrusted by the Ming Emperor Yongle, Zheng He sailed across the Indian Ocean trying to spread Chinese trade to new parts of the world. Zheng He traveled to most major ports that laid on the Indian Ocean including ports in Southeast Asia, India, the Arabian Peninsula and Africa. Zheng Hes fleet consisted of 62 treasure ships (that were 300 by 150 feet, with nine masts, twelve sails, and the capacity to hold 3000 tons) as well as hundreds of smaller ships. The Chinese intentions were mostly for economic advancement and were not conquest oriented like the European expeditions. The Chinese influence may have caused three Swahili trade cities to send delegations to China, but there is no record of...
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This note was uploaded on 09/20/2011 for the course HST 198 taught by Professor Fahey during the Fall '08 term at Miami University.
- Fall '08