Zheng He

Zheng He

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  • Life is pretty good. I miss my balls, though. Maybe, Eunuch life isn't for me. What if I am destined to be something great?
  • In 1371, Ma He was born. Better known as Zheng He, the Chinese explorer rose from humble beginnings.
  • Zheng He's father and grandfather were leaders of the Yuan Dynasty until China was taken over by the Ming Dynasty in 1368.
  • I was kidnapped by Chinese soldiers and forced to be a servant for then new emperor's son; Prince Zhu Di.
  • Omg! I thought you'd never ask!
  • Zheng He's status rose from servant to fleet admiral, explorer and diplomat.
  • You are the best servant I've ever had. How would you like to become an explorer?
  • I am holding the most precious Chinese book; The Yomgle Dadian. It will allow me to pass on knowledge to the people I will discover!
  • Zheng He was equipped with 2700 ships and 20-50 admirals. His goal was to make China the center of civilizations.
  • Oh no, Pirates!
  • In 1405, Zheng He led his first expedition to India. He used his ships to carry treasures, horses and troops and Chinese inventions,such as the compass.
  • Throughout his life, Zheng He visited over 25 countries, reaching as far as the African Coast. His explorations and trading allowed for the transfer of knowledge between nations.
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