Zheng He

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Zheng He (1371–1435), was a Hui-Chinese mariner, explorer, diplomat and fleet admiral, who commanded voyages to Southeast Asia, South Asia, and East Africa, collectively referred to as the travels of "Eunuch Sanbao to the Western Ocean" (Chinese: 三保太監下西洋) or "Zheng He to the Western Ocean", from 1405 to 1433. Zheng He also knew how to speak Arabic and Chinese.

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Life

Zheng He was originally named 'Ma He' and was born in 1371.[1] Also known as: 馬三寶 / 马三宝; pinyin: Mǎ Sānbǎo, Zheng was the second son of a Muslim family which also had four daughters, from Kunyang, present day Jinning, just south of Kunming near the southwest corner of Lake Dian in Yunnan.[2][3][4]

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