The voyages of Zheng He, 1405-33. From 1405 to 1433, the Chinese Ming dynasty launched seven voyages into the Indian Ocean under the admiralship of the Muslim eunuch Zheng He. Zheng sailed as far as the east coast of Africa, returning home with such exotic gifts as ostriches and giraffes. With 'Treasure Fleets' of more than three hundred ships crewed by tens of thousands of men, his expeditions were over a hundred times larger than those of Columbus and Magellan.
Chinese explorer Zheng He led expeditions on the largest wooden ships ever built almost a century before Christopher Columbus set sail. Columbus' three ships carried 88 passengers total, while Zheng commanded roughly 30,000 men aboard more than 250 ships. Find out why Zheng's legacy is lost in #history: https://curiosity.com/video/columbus-de-gama-and-zheng-he-15th-century-mariners-crash-course-world-history-21-crash-course/?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=091714pin
Statue of Admiral Zheng at the Zheng He Cultural Relic Hall at the Malacca Historical Museum. It was established in 2005 to commemorate the 600 year anniversary of the Chinese explorer's arrival in Malacca. Between 1405 and 1433, he made seven voyages. His fleet consisted of 62 dragon boats (some were as long as 600 feet. In exchange for silk, Ming vases and copper cooking vessels, gold and silver tools, the warehouses with provisions for re-stocking the fleet were located in Malacca.
A display at the Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai purports to compare the size of ships used by Zheng He and by Christopher Columbus.(Zheng He - the Chinese Muslim Admiral ) give a clear idea of the relative size of these two ships. Columbus's ship St. Maria was only 85 feet long whilst Zheng He's flag ship was an astonishing 400 feet.
Between 1405 and 1433, Ming China sent out enormous armadas of ships into the Indian Ocean, commanded by the eunuch admiral Zheng He. The flagship and other largest treasure junks dwarfed European ships of that century; Christopher Columbus's flagship, the Santa Maria, was between 1/4 and 1/5 the size of Zheng He's. Incredibly, the largest ships in the fleet (called baoshan, or "treasure ships") were roughly 1/3 to 1/2 the displacement of modern American aircraft carriers.
Admiral Zheng He. 6th Voyage (1421–1422) - Hormuz, East Africa, countries of the Arabian Peninsula 7th Voyage (1430–1433) - Champa, Java, Palembang, Malacca, Sumatra, Ceylon, Calicut, Hormuz (17 states in total).
Biography of Zheng He, the famous Muslim eunuch admiral of Ming China's treasure fleet, who lead one of the greatest armadas in human history on seven voyages around the Indian Ocean world. Learn about Zheng He's life and accomplishments here.