Gordon Howard's Reviews > When China Ruled the Seas: The Treasure Fleet of the Dragon Throne, 1405-1433

When China Ruled the Seas by Louise Levathes
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Jul 18, 10

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A very interesting historical story - the Chinese "treasure fleets" of the early 15th century, that explored South Asia and the Indian Ocean all the way to Arabia and Africa. The "what ifs" of history are interesting here, as a change in Chinese domestic imperial politics ended the era of the Treasure Fleets less than a century before Europe became the great seafaring continent. Unfortunately, this interesting story by itself is supplemented with some dubious and unnecessary material about Chinese in the New World and wisps of possibilities of Chinese sea voyagers before the Treasure Fleet era. But the heart of the story is interesting enough on its own to make this book worthwhile.

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