The History of China


#220 - Ming 12: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Gift Them

The treasure Fleet goes on missions 2-4, resulting in increasingly strange, valuable, and even divine gifts being presented to Great Ming.

Time Period Covered:

1407-1415 CE

Major Historical Figures


Yongle Emperor (Zhu Di) [r. 1402-1424]

Admiral Zheng He [1371-1435]

Commodore Yang Min 

Ma Huan, translator & chronicler [1380-1460]

Kingdom of Malacca:

King Parameswara [r. 1402-1414]

Major Works Cited:

Chan, Hok-lam. “The Yung-lo reign” in The Cambridge History of China, vol. 7: The Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644, Pt. I.

Dreyer, Edward L. Zheng He: China and the Oceans in the Early Ming Dynasty, 1405-1433.

Levathes, Louise. When China Ruled the Seas: The Treasure Fleet of the Dragon Throne, 1405-1433.

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. “Kéramos” in Keramos and Other Poems: A Book of Sonnets, Part II.

U.N. Museum. “Nanjing pagoda – Seven wonders of the medieval world.”