Zheng He

A Chinese Explorer

Zheng (Ma) He

A Memoir

He was born in Kunyang, Yunnan, China in 1371. His birth name was Ma He but it was changed when he received the highest honor from the prince of the Ming dynasty. He sailed for the Chinese when Prince Zhu Di became emperor.


Led China to become the superpower of the Indian Ocean

He rounded the Cape of Good Hope seventy-six years before Vasco de Gama

He circumnavigated the globe one hundred years before Ferdinand Magellan

Some say that he reached the Americas decades before Christopher Columbus

Amazing Feats

Despite his father being killed by the man he worked for, he worked his way up to the highest tier he could get in their military.