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  1. The end of the Tang Dynasty and the end of large naval fleets.
  2. The defeat of the Mongols.
  3. Zhu Di's differing ideas from his predecessors.
  4. The rule of Zhu Di.
  5. Conclusion.

When China Ruled the Seas is a discourse on the histories of China's naval prowess. The book begins with early Chinese history, detailing China's first ships, and the somewhat disputable evidence of China's colonization and exploration of places such as Japan, North America, Australia, and the Pacific Isles. It even mentions possible evidence that China may have made great impacts on Central and South American cultures. This is all outlined with histories of great migrations of peoples within the Chinese states.

[...] When the fleet arrived, many cities and peoples were willing to trade and send tribute to the emperor. Of these tributes, some of the most important were the animals sent back. Nations sent Giraffes, which the Chinese thought was an auspicious animal called a qilin; which in turn was a mythical animal that symbolized world peace, oryx, lions, leopards, Arabian horses, and zebras. These gifts, along with precious stones, and metals were well received and relations with Africa were well welcomed in China. [...]


[...] When China Ruled the Seas When China Ruled the Seas is a discourse on the histories of China's naval prowess. The book begins with early Chinese history, detailing China's first ships, and the somewhat disputable evidence of China's colonization and exploration of places such as Japan, North America, Australia, and the Pacific Isles. It even mentions possible evidence that China may have made great impacts on Central and South American cultures. This is all outlined with histories of great migrations of peoples within the Chinese states. [...]

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