Adventures of the Treasure Fleet. China Discovers the World by Ann Martin Bowler

By Ann Martin Bowler

Were you aware that eighty five years earlier than Columbus came across the US, chinese language ships longer than a soccer box sailed millions of miles via unknown oceans and visited greater than 30 countries? it truly is real! Adventures of the Treasure Fleet is the superb tale of those seven epic voyages and their larger-than-life commander, Admiral Zheng He.

Beginning in 1405, Admiral Zheng He led greater than three hundred massive, brightly-painted ships around the South China Sea to the Indian Ocean and the entire approach to the far-off coast of Africa. The admiral and his workforce battled pirates and raging storms, and have been surprised through the folks and methods of existence in far-off lands. At every one port, chinese language items have been traded for pearls, helpful stones, herbs and drugs which have been given as tribute to China's strong emperor whilst the ships' again home.

Filled with old proof, Adventures of the Treasure Fleet brings a gorgeous piece of heritage to existence. Gracefully instructed and beautifully...

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Capturing the pirates proved easier said than done, however. After many sleepless nights, the admiral addressed his weary men, “We have spotted the pirates to the west. Tonight the sky will be black as ink, and we will attack as they sleep. ” Without stars or moon to guide them, the ships crept warily through the blackness. “Ahoy! ” cried a lookout suddenly. ” the admiral ordered. In seconds, the ships filled with men bearing large bows, arrows, and fire weapons. Hidden by the darkness, the boats slipped up to the pirate ship.

These ambassadors were given valuable gifts to bring back to their kings. And if the emperor favored a ruler, as he did Malacca’s prince, he gave the ambassador a seal which confirmed the ruler’s authority and made them an official part of the Ming empire. At dusk, the ambassadors from many nations gathered in the emperor’s massive hall to celebrate. They enjoyed fine food and drinks as entertainers flipped and twirled. But throughout the festivities, Zheng He sat quietly. As dawn approached, he finally spoke, “My Lord, our voyage was a wonderful opportunity to meet people from other lands.

The king of Calicut was very pleased, and brought the visitors to his royal storehouse. As big as a cavern, it was filled with pepper, incense, and cinnamon. Located near the tip of the Indian peninsula, Calicut’s market was large and prosperous. The Chinese were interested in Calicut’s gemstones, pearls, and incense. But even more than that, they wanted to obtain spices like cinnamon, ginger, and pepper that were abundant here. Finding Calicut’s merchants honest and its market filled with an astounding variety of goods, the Chinese stayed for many months.

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