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1 Zheng He and the Treasure Fleets Mr. Ornstein Willow Canyon AP History

2 Ming Dynasty Defeat Mongols/Yuan Dynasty

3 Emperor Zhu Di/Yongle rd Ming Emperor Overthrows Nephew Responsible for: -Rebuilding Great Wall -Fixing Grand Canal -Building Forbidden City in Beijing -Zheng He’s Treasure Fleets

4 Answer: What does this picture suggest about Trade during the Ming Dynasty?

5 Zheng He Chinese “Christopher Columbus” Admiral of Ming Dynasty Treasure Fleets Sailed Around India Ocean Throughout Asia and East Coast of Africa

6 Indian Ocean Trade The Treasure fleet of the Ming was part of the larger Indian Ocean trade which included: East Africa, India, and Arabia

7 Original Purpose of Treasure Fleets Zhu Di is afraid his nephew is in hiding plotting revenge. To collect tribute from foreign nations to China and transport diplomats to and from China.

8 Technology and the Treasure Fleets compared to Europe Ships were bigger and stronger. Better knowledge of monsoon and other weather patterns Use of Compass Better knowledge of astronomy Use of Advanced Arab Navigation Skills

9 Some Say Zheng He Circumnavigated the Globe before Magellen. The Chinese Reached the Americas and Australia before the Europeans

10 The Ming Move to Isolation At the height of the Treasure Fleets power the Ming Dynasty had the fleet destroyed and most of its records burned. The Ming Dynasty moved towards a strong policy of isolation.

11 Answer??? How might world history have been different if Zheng He and the Chinese did reach the Americas before the Europeans? How might history have been different if the Chinese did not destroy their fleet?

12 Theories of Why China Destroyed Their Treasure Fleets Zheng He Died. Zhu Di died and successors were not interested in continuing voyages. Fire in Forbidden City and its relation to the Mandate of Heaven. Expensive. High Loss of Life. Confucian Advisors were strongly against. China needed to use resourced to stop rebellion in Vietnam.


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