Zheng He and the Chinese Treasure Fleet

I can’t remember when I first heard about the 15th Chinese Treasure Fleet and its admiral Zheng He (I think it might have been freshman year of college).  I find it fascinating.  These Chinese ships were likely the largest sailing vessels ever created and they were making vast explorations of the Pacific and Indian Ocean (possibly even sailing to the Americas — this is still hotly debated) eighty years before Columbus set out on his voyage.  Pretty amazing.

                                                        a comparison of Size of Columbus’s St. Maria with one of the treasure Fleet flag ships

~ by Nathaniel on March 7, 2008.

One Response to “Zheng He and the Chinese Treasure Fleet”

  1. http://dummidumbwit.wordpress.com/2008/12/09/zheng-hes-fleet-zheng-hes-ships/

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