Chinese Expansion. Chinese Expansion.
The early Ming period was one of economic growth and unprecedented contacts with overseas civilizations.
During these trips, countries were expected to show tribute to the Ming Dynasty; however, very little materialreturns resulted from the costly ventures.
The Ming Dynasty’s primary goal was to encourage a system of tribute in which the less powerful nation would send gifts to the government to show their recognition of Chinese superiority.
Upper class women might be taught reading and writing by their parents, but they were barred from official positions.