World Civilizations Chapter 15 Outline
• 1st fleet sailed to India: 62 ships, 28K men
• other voyages sent to Middle East, east coast of Africa
• at peak, 2700 coastal vessels, 400 armed naval ships
• 9 ships, most sophisticated in world, explored Indian Ocean, Persian Gulf, Red Sea, and established regular trade along the way
• Expeditions commanded by admiral Cheng Ho. He was Muslim from western China, and so well suited to deal with other Muslim traders he encountered.
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