By Ann Martin Bowler
Were you aware that eighty five years prior to Columbus chanced on the USA, chinese language ships longer than a soccer box sailed hundreds of thousands of miles via unknown oceans and visited greater than 30 countries? it is actual! Adventures of the Treasure Fleet is the fantastic 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 monstrous, brightly-painted ships around the South China Sea to the Indian Ocean and the entire technique to the far away coast of Africa. The admiral and his workforce battled pirates and raging storms, and have been surprised by way of the folks and methods of existence in far away lands. At each one port, chinese language items have been traded for pearls, important stones, herbs and drugs which have been given as tribute to China's strong emperor while the ships' lower back home.
Filled with old evidence, Adventures of the Treasure Fleet brings a good looking piece of heritage to lifestyles. Gracefully instructed and beautifully...
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Then a giraffe lumbered off the ship toward the emperor and the crowd grew silent. Thinking it was a magical unicorn, they bowed low as the creature passed. ” cried the emperor. “It is a sign that Heaven truly looks favorably upon me and my kingdom. ” Each time the Treasure Ships returned to China they were filled with valuable spices, herbs, incense, dyes, medicines, gold, silver, gemstones, pearls, ivory, and many other rare items. The emperor was elated as Zheng He and his men laid treasures from as far away as Arabia and India at his feet.
The fleet first visited the Arabian Peninsula during the fourth voyage, and Africa was visited on the fifth voyage. Acknowledgments: The author wishes to thank Eric Oey, Nancy Goh, Erin Dealey, John Stucky, and her family for their help and support on this project. The illustrator gratefully acknowledges Chung Chee Kit, Tan Ta Sen, Kim Jane Saunders, Julian Davison, Tan Guan Moh, Heng Kok Hiang for their invaluable help. Published by Tuttle Publishing, an imprint of Periplus Editions (HK) Ltd, with editorial offices at 364 Innovation Drive, North Clarendon, VT 05759-9436, USA and 61 Tai Seng Avenue, #02-12 Singapore 534167.
By now, the ships were overflowing with precious gems, spices, and gifts for the emperor so the fleet headed homeward. Stopping in Malacca, the admiral was amazed. “Malacca is huge! ” the prince told him. ” Zheng He asked. ” the prince replied. As the fort was being built, the prince told of his trip to China. “We were treated well by your emperor! He gave me a beautiful seal. ” When the Malacca fort was completed, Zheng He sailed swiftly to Siam. After Zheng He’s first visit, Malacca’s Prince Parameswara traveled to China in 1405.
Adventures of the Treasure Fleet. China Discovers the World by Ann Martin Bowler