When China Ruled the Seas: The Treasure Fleet of the Dragon Throne, 1405-1433 - Chapter 5, Destination: Calicut Summary & Analysis

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Zhu Di appointed his long-time friend and companion, Zheng He the principal envoy and commander in chief of the treasure fleet. It was the first time in history that a eunuch had been given such powers. The first destination of the newly launched treasure fleet was Calicut on the west coast of India, known for its spices and rare woods. Zhu Di wanted to be known for improving life in China by opening up trade with the rest of the world. Zhu Di's change in policy was welcomed in the region. Additionally, China's retreat from trade under Zhu Yuanzhang had created economic peril in Indonesia and the Malay Peninsula. Zheng He and his crew members prayed for their safe travel to Tianfei, a legendary goddess whose spirit wandered above the sea, helping to watch over and rescue mariners. For the success...

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