zLaszlo is back after more than two weeks on the lam.  This time we look at part 1 of a series featuring the great adventurer/explorer/diplomat Zheng He.  Zheng He’s seven voyages to India, Persia and the east coast of Africa created a big sensation in the early 15th century. Today Chinese look back with pride at his achievements.  China, at this time was the richest, most technologically advanced and most powerful nation on the planet.  Zheng He’s sponsor, the emperor Yong Le, was determined, through these voyages, to let the world see for itself all the splendor and richness of China.

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The Treasure Ships 宝船 of Zheng He’s fleet were over 440 feet long and 165 feet wide. They were the largest and most magnificent vessels of their day.