Zheng He. By Zach Wanner. 1371/1375-1433. Origin and Travels 1. Kunyang, birthplace of Zheng he. Origin and Travels 2. Was born named Ma He in Kunyang, present day Jinning His fleets visited Arabia, East Africa, India, Indonesia and Thailand (at the time called Siam)
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By Zach Wanner
Kunyang, birthplace of Zheng he
Assists the Yongle Emperor in overthrowing his predecessor after becoming his trusted advisor, and receives the name Zheng He for his meritous service
Ming armies put down Mongol rebel Basalawarmi, Ma He is captured and taken back to serve as a eunuch
Born as Ma He in Kunyang
The Xuande emperor tasksZheng He with finishing the 9 story Buddhist Da Baoen temple in Nanjing
The Hongxi emperor declares Zheng He defender ofNanjing
Zheng He dies on the returning trip as his fleet reaches Hormuz
Zheng He’s final voyage took place
Zheng He’s treasure fleets brought many exotic trade goods and influences back to China, and not only revealed the rest of the world to China, but also China to the rest of the world. Some believe he even discovered the americas before the Europeans, but there is not enough solid proof he did so to convince leading scientists, and this is said to be a false claim. Either way, he was a great admiral that opened China to the world, and showcased its power as a nation with his massive fleet of ships, bringing home treasures from abroad.
Zheng He was said to have the largest fleet in the world in his time. Though it cannot be confirmed, ancient accounts of his ships placed the largest ships in his fleet, the treasure ships, at 126.73m (416 feet) long. These gargantuan vessels were several times bigger then any other ship in the world at the time.
It is interesting to note that Zheng He was not only a eunuch, who should have found it impossible to rise to the rank and greatness he did due to their status, and castration, but he is also Muslim. Muslim was not a major religion in China, and it was usually frowned upon not to follow the Imperial condoned religon, though he never made the pilgrimage to Mecca on record, both his father and Grandfather had done so. He must have been a great man indeed to rise past these differences and become one of the greatest Chinese admirals in history