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:
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.” www.unmuseum.org