Zheng he is hailed as one of the greatest explorers of all time he is held by many as the greatest chinese admiral while all zheng he major accomplishments precede those of christopher columbus and vasco da gama, he is clubbed with them as the hallmarks of the age of discovery. In spite that the scale of zheng he's navigation far exceeded that of columbus's “ great discovery” which followed some 80 years afterward, the former had much less effect on the progress of the to increase cargo capacity, the hulls of the junks were very wide compared with their length and they were float-bottomed. Christopher columbus image gallery a caravel under sail, which was part of christopher columbus' (1451 - 1506) first letter to king ferdinand and queen isabella of spain, after he had set sail to find the new world see more pictures of christopher columbus hulton archive/getty images in his bestselling book, 1421:. But a small group of scholars and hobbyists, led by gavin menzies, a former british navy submarine commander, argue that zheng he traveled much farther than most chinese and western scholars say notably, mr menzies claims that zheng he visited america in 1421, 71 years before columbus arrived. Does a 600-year-old chinese map prove that christopher columbus was not the first explorer to navigate the new world. He is of the opinion that the locations laid out on the map had been visited by the chinese explorer and admiral, zheng he in the fifteenth century his fleet consisted of an astonishing number of 312 ships that can well be compared to the strength of columbus'fleet in his first voyage several decades later. In the 15th century, a massive chinese armada of over 300 ships led by admiral zheng he traversed half the world, impressing populations in africa, arabia an. These voyages, professor wu noted, came a few decades before most of the famous european voyages of discovery known to all western school children: christopher columbus, in 1492 vasco da gama, in 1498 and ferdinand magellan, in 1521 however, zheng he's fleets were incomparable larger.
Many historians and scholars like to compare zheng he to his supposed western counterpart christopher columbus there is a highly controversial theory about the chinese discovering america before europeans (which pisses off a lot of people ) anyway, the big difference between the two was that. It seems more likely that the world and all its continents were discovered by a chinese admiral named zheng he, whose fleets roamed the oceans between 1405 and 1435 his exploits, which are well documented in chinese historical records, were written about in a book which appeared in china around. History lab: ming china and the voyages of zheng he: why end the voyages of zheng he the picture above represents the size of one of admiral zheng he's treasure ships compared to christopher's columbus' largest ship the santa maria the map above depicts two of the seven routes taken by zheng he from 1405-.
Christopher columbus was merely a latecomer now the entire world is about to learn much more about the chinese columbus admiral zheng he served under several powerful chinese emperors undoubtedly china's greatest maritime explorer, he has been almost unknown in the west. The third part will cover the travels of christopher columbus, who was sponsored by the spanish monarchs to try a new route toward the eastern countries as secondary source, they will read the excerpt from voyages in world history ( hansen, chapter 15) and as primary sources they will read excerpts. He rounded the cape of good hope seventy-six years before vasco de gama did, circumnavigated the globe one hundred years before ferdinand magellan, and some say that he reached the americas decades before christopher columbus zheng he was commissioned to start his voyage by the first ruler of the ming.
As we get ready to celebrate columbus day on october 14th, here is some food for thought what if it was not christopher columbus, but chinese admiral zheng he that discovered the new world almost seven decades before the spanish explorer set foot on the island in the bahamas that we now call san. If true, his theories would recast the holy trinity of european naval explorers - captain cook, christopher columbus and ferdinand magellan - as followers in the great wake of 15th century china's admiral zheng he and his fleet of colossal , nine-masted teak junks released earlier this month, menzies'. In 1492 christopher columbus sailed further west into the atlantic ocean and discovered islands that he thought were close to asia christopher columbus, vasco da gama, bartolomeu dias, amerigo vespucci, treaty of tordesillas, trade in the indian ocean in the 15th century, ibn battuta, zheng he, cape bojador.
He traveled with over 60 other ships, some of which were over 400 feet long, known as treasure ships zheng he did not travel looking to conquer and kill but instead to show the might and wealth of the ming empire zheng he's fleet always knew where it was going, unlike the slightly later explorer, christopher columbus.
From 1405 to 1433, the chinese ming dynasty launched seven voyages into the indian ocean under the admiralship of the muslim eunuch zheng he 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. Because it was one of china's biggest “what if” moments, the chance to possibly alter world history in such a way, as to even make it unrecognizable from what it is currently to this day an artist's impression of zheng he's voyages: for the last 500 years, ever since christopher columbus discovered the. 891 points • 162 comments - chinese explorer zheng he's ship compared to christopher columbus' santa maria both lived and sailed at the same time - iwsmt has amazing images, videos and anectodes to waste your time on. The ming dynasty's fleet of giant ships predates the columbus expedition across the atlantic photograph of the display in the china court of the ibn battuta mall in dubai more information at wwwmuslimheritagecom/topics/defaultcfmarticleid =218.