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The impact of Zheng He's expeditions on Indian Ocean interactions
AuthorSen, Tansen, 1967-
Pub. LocationLondonPublisherSchool of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Date2016Phys. Desc.dig.pdf. [28 frames]: ill. (some col.), maps
LocationDigital ArchivesCall NumberDS753.6.C48 S489 2016d
The impact of Zheng He’s expeditions on Indian Ocean interactions / Tansen Sen.
Extract from: Bulletin of SOAS, 79, 3 (2016), 609–636. © SOAS, University of London, 2017.
doi:10.1017/S0041977X16001038

Abstract
This article examines the consequences of the Ming maritime expeditions led by Admiral Zheng He (1371–1433) in the early fifteenth century on Indian Ocean diplomacy, trade, and cross-cultural interactions. The presence of the powerful Ming navy not only introduced an unprecedented militaristic aspect to the Indian Ocean region, but also led to the emergence of state-directed commercial activity in the maritime world that extended from Ming China to the Swahili coast of Africa. Additionally, these expeditions stimulated the movement of people and animals across the oceanic space and might eventually have facilitated the rapid entry of European commercial enterprises into the Indian Ocean region during the second half of the fifteenth century.

Keywords: Indian Ocean, Zheng He, Ming Dynasty, Cross-cultural interactions, Chinese navy, Circulations of animals

Added keywords: Indian Ocean, Chinese navy, naval affairs and military actions, African contacts, giraffes and exotic animals, tribute states, Ming exploration.
Local access dig.pdf [Sen-Zheng He.pdf]

Subject(s)Zheng He 鄭和, 1371-1435
China--Foreign relations--India--14th-16th centuries
China--Commerce--History--Ming dynasty, 1368-1644
China--Commerce--India--History--14th-16th centuries
Voyages and travels--Asia--15th century
Southeast Asia--Description and travel--15th-16th centuries
Rec. TypeExtract (PDF)LanguageEnglish
CollectionRicci Institute LibraryRec. #19062