Zheng He was a big piece to Chinese and Muslim History as an admiral, soldier, trader, and diplomat. However, he isn't often recognized as China's greatest explorer.
When Zheng He was younger, his town was raided by the Ming Dynasty's army. He was captured and sent to Nanjing to serve in the imperial household. While there, Zheng befriended a prince named Zhou Di. He rose to the highest position in the government and was given the honorable title, "Zheng."
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Zheng He was chosen by Zhou Di to lead the voyages for trade and exploration. Zheng He, to complete the Haj, went to Mecca during one of his journeys. After his travels, Zheng He would bring back many exotic trades such as ivory, gold, camels, and even a giraffe!
While Zheng He traveled, he and his advisers would spread Islam everywhere they went. The largest Muslim population, located in Indonesia, could be attributed to the activities of Zheng He
In Palembang, along Java, and in the Philippines, Zheng He established Chinese Muslim communities. These Muslim communities preached Islam to local people, this was very important to the spread of Islam there.
Zheng He died in 1433. In Southeast Asia, other Chinese Muslims continued his work. His legacy there is honorable to him and many mosques are name after him. However, most of Zheng He's accomplishments were forgotten.