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Zheng He (Discovery) by Michael Yamashita
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Zheng He (Discovery)

by Michael Yamashita

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Zheng He, a beautiful National Geographic book by Michael Yamashita has a history of the 15th Century Chinese admiral (and eunuch) who sailed and traded in goods 7 times from China in gigantic wooden junks with a crew composed of 27,000 sailors, doctors, farmers, and pharmacologists. He went all the way to Vietnam, Korea, Saudi Arabia and the eastern coast of Africa and died returning on his 7th voyage. After this voyage the new emperor decreed that ships could no longer be made from wood (his predecessor had planted the trees specifically for his flotilla), dry docked the boats and pulled the people back inside the Great Wall, not to re emerge for hundreds of years. Yamashita has dozens of beautiful photographs of the places visited by Zheng He with a description of the early migration of Chinese to these far flung lands and the influences shared among them. He even brought a giraffe back from Africa to present to his emperor, Zhu Di and is honored as a god of prosperity, Sam Po Kung, in Southeast Asia. This book is a delight to the eyes and the mind. ( )
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