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        Zheng He | The Story of China

        Learn about Zheng He, the admiral of seven voyages from China to the Indian Ocean and a symbol of Ming Dynasty Chinese expansionism in this clip from The Story of China. The aim of the voyages was to display China's power and wealth, to extend the tributary system, and satisfy Emperor Yongle's desire for glory. The expeditions sailed as far as East Africa and brought back many gifts from other kingdoms, including exotic plants, spices and animals. The voyages were cancelled and the fleet sunk after the voyages and Zheng He fell out of political favor in the capital.

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