By Ann Martin Bowler
Were you aware that eighty five years earlier than Columbus came across the USA, chinese language ships longer than a soccer box sailed hundreds of thousands of miles via unknown oceans and visited greater than 30 countries? it truly is actual! Adventures of the Treasure Fleet is the fantastic tale of those seven epic voyages and their larger-than-life commander, Admiral Zheng He.
Beginning in 1405, Admiral Zheng He led greater than three hundred immense, brightly-painted ships around the South China Sea to the Indian Ocean and the entire approach to the far away coast of Africa. The admiral and his workforce battled pirates and raging storms, and have been surprised by means of the folks and methods of lifestyles in far-off lands. At each one port, chinese language items have been traded for pearls, important stones, herbs and drugs that have been given as tribute to China's robust emperor whilst the ships' again home.
Filled with historic proof, Adventures of the Treasure Fleet brings a gorgeous piece of background to existence. Gracefully informed and beautifully...
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Outside, thousands of Chinese soldiers stood ready and huge Treasure of ships filled the harbor. At the signal, they fired flaming cannon balls over the palace. The king was stunned. “Stop firing! ” replied Zheng He. And from that day forward, Siam was a good neighbor to Malacca and sent regular tribute to China’s emperor. The fleet’s next stop was the kingdom of Siam, a fertile land with many followers of the Buddhist religion. The king of Siam rode a white elephant while shaded by an elegant, gold-colored umbrella.
When the huge sails went up, the crowd cheered wildly. As the ships sailed down-river, people ran alongside waving bits of silk. “Be careful! Watch out for pirates and sharp reefs! ” Onboard the lead ship, Zheng He was thinking that no man had ever sailed this far. ” In the autumn of 1405, hundreds of brightly-painted junks were launched into the Yangtze River and sailed through China’s capital, out to the open sea. With 317 ships and 27,000 men aboard, this was the largest navy the world would see until World War II, more than 500 years later!
Acknowledgments: The author wishes to thank Eric Oey, Nancy Goh, Erin Dealey, John Stucky, and her family for their help and support on this project. The illustrator gratefully acknowledges Chung Chee Kit, Tan Ta Sen, Kim Jane Saunders, Julian Davison, Tan Guan Moh, Heng Kok Hiang for their invaluable help. Published by Tuttle Publishing, an imprint of Periplus Editions (HK) Ltd, with editorial offices at 364 Innovation Drive, North Clarendon, VT 05759-9436, USA and 61 Tai Seng Avenue, #02-12 Singapore 534167.
Adventures of the Treasure Fleet. China Discovers the World by Ann Martin Bowler