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Transcript of ZHENG HE
Zheng He was originally born with the name "Ma He" and had four sisters and one older brother. He was born into a Muslim family, and because he told a general that somebody had jumped into a lake, he was castrated into a prince's house as a slave. Although he soon became part of the prince's army. The prince was the prince of Yan, who eventually became the Yongole Emperor.
During his time with the prince, he eventually gain his trust and was taught to read and write even though he was a eunuch. During his time in the prince's household, he was referred to as "San Bao" as a reference to the three jewels in Buddhism. He was ten years old when he was sent to be with the prince, and the prince was 22 at the time.
Complications with the prince
Because of so many complications with the prince's rule, three different princes that were supposed to gain the title of the new emperor died and that left Zheng He's prince to become king. Since one of the prince's siblings was unhappy with this, he eventually became emperor of a different area of china and went to war with Zheng He's prince. However, Zheng He was able to prove himself and fight off the other prince's army, Zheng He's prince gave Ma He the surname "Zheng".
Zheng He had a total of 7 expeditions that were extremely important to chinese history. On one of his expeditions, he brought back a giraffe! He even kept this giraffe as a pet, which looked very unusual.
We all know by now that Christopher Columbus wasn't the first to find North America, but not all of us know just who might have been. The first person to find North America could have been a chinese sailor (also an eunuch/warrior) named Zheng He. Zheng He actually recorded all the areas that he saw and sailed very close to North America but docked in Canada. Nevertheless, Zheng He still traveled (by foot) into North America and recorded the land he saw on a map. Though he was not settled on finding an easy trade route like many other explorers, he still found new land. Although he did not focus on North America, he still played an extremely important part of Chinese History.
Zheng He as a general
At one point, Zheng He was a general Under the prince of Yan. He led several fleets of ships and it was his seventh and final voyage that he visited North America. On his seventh voyage Zheng He visited the most countries and had the biggest ship. His seventh Voyage lasted from 1430-1433.
Zheng He's ship
Zheng He ship was actually Really big compared to Columbus' ship!
Map of his seventh Voyage
This is the North American Region
(Zheng's ship is in Yellow, columbus's is in brown)
Zheng He was an important part of China's history. He brought back animals like the giraffe and he many many expiditions all over the world. Without him, the Ming dynasty and the Yongol era would not be the same. There are many places In China that talk about him, and every school teaches about him. He has a muesuem in Nanjing and a grave site just for him. And a wax figure there (that you can see in the background)!
Photo credit to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_exploration
Photo credit to: http://www.alrahalah.com/2010/09/zheng-he/
This is China
Blue is his ship travels,
and Red is his travles on foot.
Photo credit to: https://u.osu.edu/mclc/2015/10/02/zheng-he-and-the-maritime-silk-road/
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