The Myth of Zheng He's Great Treasure Ships

@article{Wake2004TheMO,
  title={The Myth of Zheng He's Great Treasure Ships},
  author={Christopher Wake},
  journal={International Journal of Maritime History},
  year={2004},
  volume={16},
  pages={59 - 76}
}
  • C. Wake
  • Published 1 June 2004
  • History
  • International Journal of Maritime History
Zheng He the "Grand Eunuch of the Three Jewels" has long been celebrated in Chinese popular culture and among overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia for his heroic exploits as commander of the Ming naval expeditions to the Indian Ocean in the early fifteenth century.' The purpose of these expeditions, and of earlier ones in the Song and Yuan periods, was to impress foreigners with China's power and wealth and to exalt the emperor's position in the eyes of his own subjects by fostering a regular… 
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