Zheng He: Leader of the Ming Dynasty’s Treasure Voyages
The Ming Dynasty’s treasure voyages consisted of seven maritime expeditions made by Ming China’s treasure fleet between 1405 to 1433. The expedition was commanded by Admiral Zheng He（郑和）, the Yongle emperor’s trusted court eunuch who served as the Grand Director (太监) of the Directorate of Palace Servants in the palace. The legend of these treasure voyages live on till today because the Ming Dynasty’s naval armada rivalled the size of modern naval fleets during World War II, with ships utilising technology that wouldn’t be invented in the West for a thousand years.
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