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Admiral Zheng He’s Voyages to the “West Oceans”

[caption id="attachment_9295" align="alignnone" width="769"] Screen capture from the docudrama Emperor of the Seas depicting Zheng He’s fleet of ships in Nanjing harbor the day they set sail for their first voyage. Source: MagicPlay Entertainment. Series available on Amazon.com.[/caption] Eighty years before Vasco da Gama’s arrival in West India, a formidable Chinese navy ruled the China Sea and Indian Ocean, from Southeast Asia to the Persian Gulf and East Africa. Between the period from...

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