Station #2

Chinese Mariner, Admiral Zheng He

Use the handout Zheng He to answer the following Questions.

1. Why did the Ming Court rely so heavily on Zheng He to carry out its policies rather than on more traditional government officials.

2. Compare China's maritime power in the fifteenth century with Europe's at that time.

3. Where did Zheng explore?

4. What was the purpose of the voyages of exploration led by Zheng He.