Everything you need to understand or teach When China Ruled the Seas by Louise Levathes.
"When China Ruled the Seas," by author Louise Levathes, is a historical chronology of China's eventual emergence to a position of dominance on the high seas. Around 1600 B.C., prior to the Ming Dynasty when China enjoyed maritime superiority, the Yi people of China were forced out of working the land and had to turn to the sea for their livelihoods. There is archaeological evidence that the Yi people traveled as far as South and Central America. The fact that the Chinese were able to construct sailing vessels that could withstand rough ocean waters so many centuries ago is a testament to their skills in design and building.
The Ming Dynasty began in the late-fourteenth century. The first Emperor of the Ming Dynasty was Zhu Yuanzhang who was greatly influenced by the teachings of Confucius who strongly opposed China's entering into trade relations with foreign countries. Confucians held...
When China Ruled the Seas: The Treasure Fleet of the Dragon Throne, 1405-1433 Lesson Plans contain 115 pages of teaching material, including: