When China Ruled the Seas: The Treasure Fleet of the Dragon Throne, 1405-1433 Setting & Symbolism

Louise Levathes
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Yellow River Valley

The Yellow River Valley in north China is where the Neolithic tribes were centered in 1600 B.C. The Yi people lived in this region and were some of the first Chinese people to take to the high seas.

The Ming Dynasty

The years of high seas dominance by the Chinese was enjoyed during the reign of the third emperor of the Ming Dynasty, also known as the dragon throne.

The Treasure Fleet

The vast Chinese navy was referred to as the treasure fleet. It got its name from the treasures it would bring back to China after trade deals.

The Forbidden City

Zhu Di decided to build a new headquarters near the end of his reign. It was called the Forbidden City but only brought bad luck. In fact, soon after the city was dedicated, it was almost destroyed by fire.

Calicut

The Chinese were...

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