The voyages of Zheng He, 1405-33. From 1405 to 1433, the Chinese Ming dynasty launched seven voyages into the Indian Ocean under the admiralship of the Muslim eunuch Zheng He. Zheng sailed as far as the east coast of Africa, returning home with such exotic gifts as ostriches and giraffes. With 'Treasure Fleets' of more than three hundred ships crewed by tens of thousands of men, his expeditions were over a hundred times larger than those of Columbus and Magellan.
Chinese explorer Zheng He led expeditions on the largest wooden ships ever built almost a century before Christopher Columbus set sail. Columbus' three ships carried 88 passengers total, while Zheng commanded roughly 30,000 men aboard more than 250 ships. Find out why Zheng's legacy is lost in #history: https://curiosity.com/video/columbus-de-gama-and-zheng-he-15th-century-mariners-crash-course-world-history-21-crash-course/?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=091714pin