Chinese Explorer Zheng He: The Birthplace of Zheng, Yunan, China Created by Mongolian Khagan Genghis Khan, Zheng’s Religion, Zheng’s Father and Grandfather Completing the Hajj Pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the Death of Zheng’s Father Ma Hajji, the Invasion of Yunan in the 14th Century, the Reason for This Invasion, the Capture of Zheng’s Brother Ma Wenming, Zheng Forcibly Migrating to Nanjing, China, the Chinese Custom of Castration, the Castration of Zheng, How Castration Was Performed in China During the Period, the Reason Every Young Boy Within the Chinese Court Were Castrated, Zheng Becoming Part of Chinese Prince Zhu Di’s Court, Zhu Seizing Power and Declaring Himself the “Emperor of Perpetual Happiness”, Zhu Installing Eunuchs Into Powerful Positions of Government, Zheng Receiving Multiple Promotions in Title, Zhu’s View of China and the World, the Reason Zheng Was Tasked With Exploring the World on Behalf of China, Zheng Commanding the Largest Fleet of Ships in History, Retrofitting Ships for Chinese Imperial Missions, the Reason China Could Manufacture Ships Rapidly, Chinese Ships Unmatched in Size Until the 19th Century, the Size of Zheng’s Treasure Ships, the Size of Italian Explorer Christopher Columbus’ Santa Maria Ship, Chinese Ships Constructed for Specific Tasks, the Sailing Formation Columbus’ Ships Sailed Within, Zheng Meeting Chinese Voyager Ma Huan, Ma Publishing a Text of Zheng’s Exploration, Chinese Shipbuilders Mastering the Production of Triple Plank Hulls and Watertight Bulkheads, Archaeological Evidence of 13th Century Chinese Ships Being Larger Than Originally Believed, the Modern Day Estimate of Zheng’s Ship Size, Modern Day Experts Who Dismiss This Hypothesis, the Illustration of Zheng’s Ships Which Has Survived Into the Modern Day, the Depiction of Zheng’s Ships Within This Imagery, the Estimated Size of Zheng’s Ships, Zheng Traveling to India for Pepper, the Largest Commodity Imported by Zheng, Ma’s Account of How Zheng Performed Business Deals, Zhu Usurping the Chinese Throne, Zhu’s Main Objectives After Seizing Power, Zhu Migrating China’s Capital City to Beijing, China, Zhu Creating a Monolith So Large That it Could Not Be Transported, the Work Quota Demanded of Chinese Stonemasons Per Day, the Punishment for Not Meeting This Quota, the Chinese View of Erecting a Memorial in Another Persons Honor, Zhu’s Plan to Legitimize His Title of Emperor, Diplomats Paying Homage to Zhu, Zhu Gifted Exotic Animals by Diplomats, Violent Conflict During the Early Period of Zhu’s Reign, China Restricting Trade to Only Include States Which Paid Homage to Zhu’s Administration, the Number of Soldiers Deployed to Combat Insurrection, Zheng Leading a Military Campaign into Ceylon, Sri Lanka, Zheng Capturing Sri Lanken King Alakeshvara, Zheng Persuading Arab Navigators to Join His Expedition, Zheng’s Offer to Arab Navigators to Entice Them to Join, the Greatest Long Distance Navigators of the Period, the Arab’s Refining the Use of the Compass at Sea, Cartrography Created to Sail From China to the African Continent, Zheng Acquiring Constellation Maps Created by Arab Navigators, How Arab Navigators Examined the Depth of Water, the Largest Producer of Frankincense During the 15th Century, the Reason Frankincense Was More Valuable Than Gold During the Period, Zheng Possibly Reaching North America, the Annual Cost of Zheng’s Fleet of Ships, the Chinese Public Becoming Unsupportive of Sea Exploration, the Reason the Chinese Public Did Not Support Further Sea Exploration, Zheng Becoming Unfamiliar With China and Chinese Culture While Abroad, the 15th Century Fire Within the Forbidden City, Zhu’s Interpretation of This Event, the Death of Zhu, Political Change Causing Zheng to be Viewed as Unnecessary for China, the Destruction of Zheng’s Logbooks, the Chinese Government Mandating Ship Size by Penalty of Death and the Destruction of All Chinese Ships, Portuguese Explorer Vasco de Gama Helping Portugal Dominate the Seas, the Total Length of Zheng’s Voyages, and the Inscription Upon Ma’s Tomb

Zheng He (pronounced “Zung Heh”) who was born in Yunan, China. Separated from China by rugged mountains, Yunan was a remote outpost of the Mongol Empire which Genghis Khan had forged from Europe, across the roof of Asia, and ending at the Pacific Ocean. He was a Muslim as are most people in Yunan during the modern day. Both He’s father and grandfather had the title of “Hajj” as both had made the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. He’s father was killed when marauders invaded He’s village, killin...

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