Imagine looking out to sea and watching over three hundred gargantuan ships, their flaming red sails caught in the wind, approaching your shore what wonders of the world would be found on those ships over 600 hundred years ago, emperor zhu di of china decided to build the greatest naval fleet the world had ever. Your browser does not currently recognize any of the video formats available zheng he was the man chosen to lead this great fleet which reached as far as east africa opening up rich trade routes,bringing peace and prosperity to war ravaged far off lands, religeous ghost fleet: the epic voyage of zheng he ( preview. The statue from a modern monument to zheng he at the stadthuys museum in malacca city, malaysia photo: in the early 1400s, zheng he led the largest ships in the world on seven voyages of exploration to the lands around the indian ocean, demonstrating chinese excellence in shipbuilding and. A great example of someone who had the potential to do so much good, and obtain so much greatness was a chinese admiral by the name of zheng he zheng he watched his father die at the hand of the ming dynasty, along with being castrated himself zheng he was forced to join thousands of eunuchs, and then rose. Zheng he | pbs world explorers commanding a fleet of over 300 ships, it is surprising how little is known today about chinese explorer zheng he across seven major voyages zheng he solidified chinese dominance in trade and exploration click here to learn more from this collection transcript download i accept the. Read and learn for free about the following article: zheng he. Dr smith discusses zheng he's seven voyages, which reached beyond southeast asia to india, the middle east, and the east coast of africa over chinese people visited then ceylon to visit the budhist monastaries which gives you an inner feeling which even i do experience even today you feel like you.
The zheng he voyages and their position in world history greater attention will almost inevitably mean a more diverse range of views as part of this process, i would like to offer a somewhat revisionist view of the maritime voyages, their impetus, their function, and the eunuchs who led them zheng he: the man and the. I would like to take the time to discuss zheng he's voyages and contradict a popular, modern view that often sees them as a sign of progress in general my thesis: the official decision made by emperors ren zong and xuan zong to cease the overseas voyages were fundamentally sound, on both an economical and. And the voyages proved that ritualized and nonviolent techniques of persuasion could extract tribute from remote states [source: the discoverer by daniel boorstin] while peoples of asia would be struck by the portuguese power to seize, the chinese would impress. Zheng he the ships that he would sail throughout the indian ocean would retrace some of the same routes taken by ibn battuta, but he would be in huge boats called junks the kangnido map predates zheng's voyages and suggests that he had quite detailed geographical information on much of the old world.
Beijing portrays explorer's seven voyages to the western seas as emblem of china's 'peaceful rise. 16 - a prominent chinese lawyer and collector unveiled an old map on monday that he and some supporters say should topple one of the central tenets of western civilization: that at issue are the seven voyages of zheng he, whose ships sailed the pacific and indian oceans from 1405 to 1433 historical. On his second voyage, in 1408–09, zheng he again visited calicut—stopping as well in chochin (kochi) along the coast to the south—but encountered treachery from king alagonakkara of ceylon zheng defeated alagonakkara's forces and took the king back to nanjing as a captive in october 1409 zheng he set out on. Wade, zheng he voyages 3 to the zheng he voyages and their position in world history greater attention will almost inevitably mean a more diverse range of views as part of this process, i would like to offer a somewhat revisionist view of the maritime voyages, their impetus, their function and the eunuchs who led them.
How would world history have been different if they had sent them out between 1405 and 1433, ming china sent out seven gigantic naval expeditions under the command of zheng he the great eunuch admiral first, the yongle emperor who sponsored zheng he's first six voyages died in 1424. Zheng he was a hui-chinese mariner, explorer, diplomat and fleet admiral, who commanded voyages to southeast asia, south asia, the middle east, and east africa he traveled with over 60 other from the modest roots of a slave in the imperial court he would later wield tremendous influence - the chinese had been a. Zheng he (also known as cheng ho) is one of the most famous admirals in chinese history, and is best known for his treasure voyages these voyages served to project the power and the wealth of the ming dynasty to the known world and were sponsored by the ming emperor, yongle, himself yet, due to. Noted oceanic scientist jin wu discusses the 15th century expeditions of the chinese mariner zheng he & the celebration of the 600th anniversary of his first voyage what zheng he accomplished, jin wu declared, must be considered an achievement for all of mankind, not just a chinese achievement.
If you thought china today was a symbol of naval aggression, a quick rewind to the ming era — to the time of admiral zheng he — would put things more in perspective seven such voyages were made under zheng he between the years 1405-33 sanctioned by the yongle emperor, their objective was. Sailing west from south america after magellan's voyage in 1519, the spanish unsuccessfully searched for the great southland the commander of one ship, de torres actually passed through the strait that now bears his name and in doing so delineated the southern limits of new guinea he must have seen evidence of.
In may 2017, xi referenced another chinese official, the ming dynasty's admiral zheng he, who led maritime expeditions to southeast asia, india, and africa in the 1400s upon hongwu's death in 1398, his will directed that his grandson should assume the throne, which he did, as the jianwen emperor. Zheng he was a chinese eunuch and explorer who commanded the ming dynasty's treasure fleet of trading vessels on expeditions between 1405 and 1433 aiming to spread the word of the chinese emperor's might and open chinese trade to new markets, zheng he traveled as far as the east coast of africa after his. Zheng he made one more voyage during the reign of hongxi's son, the xuande emperor (r 1426–1435) but, after that, the voyages of the chinese treasure ship fleets were ended xuande believed his father's decision to halt the voyages had been meritorious and thus there would be no need.
Quick facts: zheng he commanded several treasure fleets – chinese ships that explored and traded across asia and africa his expeditions greatly expanded china's trade name: zheng he birth/death: 1371 ce - 1433 ce nationality: chinese birthplace: china statue of general zheng he. Admiral zheng he voyages across the indian ocean, 1405-1433 sources: http:// wwwchinapageorg/zhenghehtml bosworth, m “the rise and fall of 15th century chinese sea power” braun, e “zheng he – admiral of the western seas. Setting sail more than 600 years ago, zheng's armada made seven epic voyages , reaching south-east asia, the middle east, and africa some say he even made it to america - several decades before the celebrated european explorer christopher columbus - although this has been widely disputed by. 1421, the year china discovered the world, a controversial book published in 2003 outlining the voyages of zheng he during the time of emperor zhu di how could he draw the conclusion that the world's geographic knowledge must have come from zheng he's fleet since europeans did not have the.