2From 1405 until 1433, Admiral Zheng He made 7 voyages. The purpose of the voyages was to establish trade and diplomatic relations between China and nations in Southeast Asia, South Asia, and the Arabian Peninsula.
3The fleets ranged in size from 48 to 317 ships carrying 27,000 to 30,000 sailors, soldiers, merchants, and scholars.
5The ships used maps, star charts, and compasses to navigate the open seas. It is the first fleet in history to not hug the coast as a means of guidance.
6They took silk, porcelain, and copper coins to trade for spices, gems, fragrant woods, animals, textiles, and minerals.
7Throughout each voyage, detailed maps were made, information gathered on the climate and cultures encountered, and plant and animal specimens were collected.
8The first voyage, 1405-1407, visited Southeast Asia The first voyage, , visited Southeast Asia. Impressed with China’s wealth and power, local rulers sent ambassadors back with the fleet to pay tribute (money and goods) to the emperor.
9The second ( ) and third ( ) voyages returned to the same areas and to some new ones, including Siam (Thailand) and Ceylon (Sri Lanka).
10The fourth voyage, , reached Hormuz and Aden on the Arabian Peninsula. These two ports controlled the rich trade routes of the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea. He returned home with riches from Arabia and Africa, and more ambassadors.
11The fifth voyage, , returned to the places in Southeast Asia, Ceylon, India, Hormuz, and the Arabian Peninsula that had been visited before. The fleet also sailed down the east coast of Africa making stops at Mogadishu and Malindi. He returned home with exotic animals and African ambassadors.
12The sixth voyage, , returned ambassadors to various countries, but concentrated on the Arabian Peninsula and East Africa. Zheng He, a Muslim, is thought to have made the hajj during this voyage.
14With Zheng He’s death, the voyages ended and the fleet was dispersed With Zheng He’s death, the voyages ended and the fleet was dispersed. Over the course of 28 years, they had restored China’s diplomatic and trade relations, freed the ocean routes from Asia to India and Arabia of pirates, and established Chinese communities that exist today in many of the places they had visited.
15Isolationisma policy adopted by China of isolating the empire from the affairs of other nations by declining to enter into alliances, trade agreements, or overseas exploration.China sought to devote the entire efforts of the empire to its own advancement and remain at peace by avoiding foreign entanglements and responsibilities to foreign countries.