KK asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 9 years ago

When and why did the ming dynasty begin maritime trade?

When and why did the Ming Dynasty *BEGIN* maritime trade?

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    Virtually immediately after they took over from the Mongols in 1368.

    Zheng He (1371-1433), the admiral of China, made seven expeditions, at the bidding of Emperor Yongle in 1402, to trade with ports in such regions as Thailand, India, Iran, Saudi Arabia and East Africa. The Mings had a more outward looking attitude than had the Mongol rulers practised. It may be Marco Polo's trade with the Mongols had helped.

    Source(s): Dalal, Roshen - The Compact Timeline History of The World. Cambridge, U.K.: Worth Press: 2010, p. 52, 61 Woolf, Alex - A Short History of the World: The Story of Mankind from Prehistory to the Modern Day. London: Arcturus: 2011, p. 180
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