Zheng He

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Zheng He
BirthplaceKunyang, Yunnan, China
Admiral, diplomat, explorer, and palace eunuch

Zheng He:

see Cheng HoCheng Ho
or Zheng He
, 1371–c.1433, admiral, diplomat, and explorer during China's Ming dynasty. At 10 he was captured by Chinese troops in Yunnan, castrated, and sent into the army.
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Starting in 1405 the eunuch Admiral Zheng He led a series of seven voyages from the shores of the Ming empire into the South China Sea and Indian Ocean.
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