Name

Admiral Zheng He

Career

Navy

Occupation 1

Chinese Admiral

Region

Indian Ocean

Era

Europe's Reconnaissance (1351-1640)

Born

1371

Died

1433

Text

Between 1405 and 1433, the Chinese emperors Yongle (1402-1424) and Xuande (1425-1435) dispatched seven maritime expeditions on ships ten times the size then in use in Europe to Southeast Asia and East Africa. These voyages were commanded by Zheng He, a Muslim eunuch, who has been called �the first great figure of the age of exploration,� the �Vasco Da Game of China� and the �Chinese Columbus.�

Gavin Menzies has recently argued that these Chinese explorations extended to America, but the evidence is skimpy. The Chinese withdrew from oceanic ventures shortly after this period.

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