Journal6

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Department
Global Asia Studies
Course
GASA01H3
Professor
Liang Chen
Semester
Winter

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Journal 6: Zheng He and Ma Huan Key Terms Zheng He: Zheng He was placed as the admiral in control of the huge fleet and armed forces that undertook these expeditions. Wang Jinghong was appointed his second in command. Zheng Hes first voyage consisted of a fleet of 317 ships (other sources say 200 ships) holding almost 28,000 crewmen (each ship housing up to 500 men). Zheng Hes fleets visited Arabia, Brunei, East Africa, India, Malay Archipelago and Thailand (at the time called Siam), dispensing and receiving goods along the way. Zheng He presented gifts of gold, silver, porcelain and silk; in return, China received such novelties as ostriches, zebras, camels, ivory and giraffes. Zheng He generally sought to attain his goals through diplomacy, and his large army awed most would-be enemies into submission. He ruthlessly suppressed pirates who had long plagued Chinese and southeast Asian waters. According to medieval Chinese sources, Zheng He commanded seven expeditions. Ma Huan:
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