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June 17, 2008

The reason for the trip:

…Between 1405 and 1433, the Ming government sponsored a series of seven naval expeditions. Emperor Yongle designed them to establish a Chinese presence, impose imperial control over trade, and impress foreign peoples in the Indian Ocean basin. 

The principal traveler in the voyages is Admiral Cheng Ho. Below depicts a picture of him, by an unidentified artist.

Zheng He.jpg