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When China Ruled the Seas : The Treasure Fleet of the Dragon Throne 1403-1433

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ISBN-10: 0671701584

ISBN-13: 9780671701581

Edition: 1st 1994

Authors: Louise Levathes

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"It seems as fantastic as a dream: less than a hundred years before Columbus and the dawn of the great age of European exploration, in the amazingly brief period from 1405 to 1433, China ruled the world's oceans. Under the command of the eunuch admiral Zheng He, fleets of more than three hundred "treasure ships" - some measuring as much as 400 feet long, with crews of 28,000 men - made seven epic voyages through the China Seas and the Indian Ocean. Unrivaled in size until the invasion fleets of World War I, the fleets traveled from Taiwan to the Red Sea, down the east coast of Africa, China's El Dorado, and perhaps even to Australia, three hundred years before Captain Cook's "discovery.""…    
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Book details

Edition: 1st
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Pronunciation Guide to Major Figuresp. 13
Chinese Dynastiesp. 15
Prologue: Phantoms in Silkp. 19
The Yi Peoplesp. 23
Confucians and Curiositiesp. 33
The Prisoner and the Princep. 57
The Treasure Fleetp. 75
Destination: Calicutp. 87
The Strange Kingdoms of Malacca and Ceylonp. 107
Emissaries of the Dragon Thronep. 123
The Auspicious Appearance of the Celestial Animalsp. 137
Fires in the Forbidden Cityp. 155
The Last Voyagep. 167
The Sultan's Bridep. 183
Epilogue: A People Called Baijinip. 195
Notesp. 205
Acknowledgmentsp. 233
Indexp. 237
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