Adventures Of The Treasure Fleet: China Discovers The World
by Bowler, Ann Martin (Text); Lk Tay-Audouard (Illus)
About This Book
Here is the incredible story of seven epic voyages undertaken by the Chinese 600 years ago, led by the larger-than-life commander, Admiral Zheng He. Over 28 years, he and more than 300 gigantic, brightly painted ships of his "treasure fleet" sailed across the South China Sea, to the Indian Ocean and beyond to the distant coast of Africa. The Chinese were amazed to see the palaces, temples and the ways of life in the foreign lands. They befriended kings, charted unknown oceans, and were awestruck by Africa's exotic animals. At each port, China's best porcelains and silk were traded for pearls, precious stones, herbs and medicines. They brought treasures from dignitaries and faraway lands to pay tribute to the powerful emperor of China's Ming Dynasty.
In this beautifully illustrated book, the story of Zheng He and his voyages is written in a very readable style and in some detail for youngsters aged nine years and older.
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