Ancient Map-making, Ancient Ship-building, China, Creative Writing, Hongxi Emperor, Marco Polo, Maritime Legends, Ming Dynasty, Niccolo da Conti, Treasure Ships
Currently CHINA is dealing with the expansion of Empire
and exploring the options involved.
The good ol’ Empire usa that is (click) .
After attempting similar encirclements in Europe in
opposition to RUSSIA…(click).
Shiro wonders when will ever cease.?. (click).
THAT IS NOW.
THIS Herein IS and was… SOME TIME AGO…
Of Yore that is. Is that
Times, Places. Those
Early 1400’s Chinese Naval explorations and
WHEN MING FALL,..
THEIR FLEET FLOUNDERS.
A Tale and Our World LEGENDs of Political Power Ploys slowly
sunk by the Opposition;..
…whilst the Country’s Admirals and Navigators follow
a Dream and… so
CHINA FLOATS A FLEET…
OR FOUR… OR SEVEN.?.
Our World LEGENDS Herein. Unravelled… hopefully.
LEGEND OF THE LOST FLEETs.
The LEGENDS say:
Well before the 1400’s China prospered in ways that
required expansion of it’s inherent Knowledge (click).
Early Local Shipping was done in bulk as the population
Whilst Europe + co.,.. (click) left the Dark Ages and tentatively
began to recognise the outside World per se… China too
had built a FLEET. Several. Maybe more.
The Navigation styles and methods of the Native Chinese
at the time had seen the need to update.
Thus… the Fleet(s). Of the MING Dynasty (click).
The MYTH of Western Society so-called,.. and how their
Discoveries ALONE shaped the world… ARE MYTHS.
The LEGENDS say otherwise indeed it seems.
Long ago of Yore Ships plied the Indian Ocean Areas. Well
before the so called Christed One we link our Years to.
This is REALised when one notes in the LEGENDARY Journals
of the Western oriented Navigators and Explorers…
several of them… ALREADY HAD MAPS…
rough though they were;..(click):
…FROM WHENCE AND WHERE ME-ASKS.?.
Mainly bound by the strength and pattern of the prevailing
Monsoon Wind Regions that surround.
Traders and Voyagers from olden Arabia and the African
East Coast moved cloth, silk, porcelain, ivory, gems, incense,
slaves and spices… too. Whatever goods were avail. (click).
The coastline long,.. the ships simply followed. Where
goods exchanged, bought or sold. Many Historical
such as how certain domestic Birds or Plants,..
got to be in certain out of the way places…
have their solving in such LEGENDS.
Such goods became available even in the Empires
of Rome and that of the Persians. Archaeology and
such associated finds for example confirm such
trading long long ago (click).
The travels… and travails,.. of such explorers as MARCO POLO
tell Tales both TALL AND TRUE.
His recounts of ASIA show a thriving region with much
Onshore and off it seems indeed.
Beginnings of International Trade flowed on from
such as the SILK ROAD trails where they could link
with the Coast and Maritime endeavours. Such Cities
as China’s HANGZHOU already housed near a million
residents with the accompanying Merchants,
Artisans, Makers and Producers therein.
Such also as Arab and Hindu leanings… learned
of in the educational institutions.
Imported Goods and Produce in the Markets.
Spices, Gums, Fruits and Vegies, Herbs and so on.
Trade in the INDIAN OCEAN Waters and beyond
conducted by Shipping Large and small.
Wind powered,.. somewhat Seasonal.
Directional… as well.
THE MING MARITIME MAP-MAKING.
Emperor ZHU DI is recorded for example as having
sent out at least Seven Maritime Expeditions (click).
Commanded by such as the eunuch Admiral ZHENG HE.
250 Ships of some 3-400 feet length, multi-decked.
9 Masts and Red/Yellow Silk Sails,.. Bamboo reinforced.
HUGE Ships oft referred to as ” TREASURE SHIPS ” in the
No ordinary junk indeed,.. in deed and in fact… too.
Though Mapping and Map-making of the local Chinese
areas of influence was routinely underway etc., the exact
size and extent of the World beyond out there… was not.
From the remains of the MING OFFICIAL RECORDS
and Associated Journals:
The Chinese Navigators were great at navigation using their
POLE STAR = POLARIS as a focii.
The Chinese Navigators were… not so great… at all…
when… POLARIS… NOT… there to view etc.
This was problematical. Hugely so,..for the Map Makers + c0.,..
who could not efficiently place certain Places…
on the Map.
Basically any Southern Latitudes were immediately
suspect and Longitudes everywhere
(… a lil’ to a lot of error… this varied…) due
to their time measurements not being that precise.
The Chinese Mathematicians and Navigators, Admirals
and Science peeps and so forth had a plan…
a rather nautical plan it seems.
Send out the Fleets to various points…
at least 3 or 4 MAIN POINTS… MORE THE BETTER…
SO AS TO ” …TRIANGULATE… ”
MEASUREMENTS MORE PRECISELY…
FIND AN EQUIVALENT POLARIS FOR THE SOUTH LATS
and so on;.. thus at an arranged time period…
take the necessary sightings and measurements
applicable… then get the Fleet home…
co-ordinate and calculate… the results.
Till the MING… fell.
Leaving the FLEETS… ALL out to sea indeed,..
in deed and in fact.
Job done… though not at all data collected collated…
WHEN MING FALL,.. THEIR
The LEGENDS AFTER this Maritime Challenge and Acceptance
of the Chinese… above here, though,..
are not so straightforward.
During the Fleet Journey(ies)…
…The Chinese Govt… had a Reformation and Regime
…and other associated… changes (click)…
as time went by.
Though giving various belated Honors and such to a small
number.?. of the Admirals…
The now HONGXI Emperor… basically ignored…
…the vast majority of Officers and Sailors and their
accomplishments and records… cos they
were funded etc by the previous govt. etc etc…
and of no real political value…
…apart from claiming and whinging about
Summary thus far:
The LEGENDS say there was a series of 7 or more…
Fleet trips working the waves and journeying over
this time, taking MARITIME measurements
and so on,.. then returning.
FOUR of these STANDOUT…
mainly cos of the ADMIRALS AND TARGET AREAS
concerned and the implication that these sets
of measurements could/would act as
POINTS/TRIANGULATORS per se…
for the whole…
Map Coordinates Calculating stuff later.
Shiro says…o.k.,.. An admirable and LEGENDARY
…of… ADMIRALS…lead the FLEETs WAYS…
…and WAVES… too.
Their Commander also.
COMMANDER ZHENG HE: (click)
ADMIRAL HONG BAO: (click)
ADMIRAL ZHOU MAN: (click)
ADMIRAL ZHOU WEN: (click)
ADMIRAL YANG QING: (click)
(An overview of the 7 Voyages of ZHENG HE can
be found herein (click),.. whilst…
… an in-depth analysis of the above + Voyages
of the 4 Admirals… the book therein (click).
…MAPPING THE WORLD-MAP…
Whilst the MING FLEET(s) documentation is
somewhat sparse after the MING Coup,..
… the earliest WORLD-MAPS seem to have included Data…
from around the World.
So… Did Navigators East and West meet and compare
MAPS and associated notes.?.
The LEGENDS say so indeed.
For there’s this: There remains,..
…the remains of a STATUARY DEDICATION to the Fleets
and Admirals to consider at the FUJIAN PALACE.
The Chinese of Yore are long practiced at such Arts.
The immensity of the TERRACOTTA ARMY for example,..
each Soldier uniquely individual and so on (click).
In 2002,.. excavations at the FUJIAN PALACE led to the
discovery of Dedicate Statuary to the Admirals and Fleets.
And another figure… too.
Dressed as perhaps a Trader or Merchant with Western
Medieval clothing… carrying documents/maps.?.
The MARITIME LEGENDS in Print indicate this personage
can only be/is… NICCOLÒ da CONTI.
Arrived in CALICUT… 1421 (click).
As recorded by the MING…
so did one of their Fleets.
Niccolò later told his Travel Tales to PAPAL SECRETARY
These were then first published… in 1434/1444 (click)…
and on into Maritime LEGEND.
The Travels of Niccolò da Conti indicate,..
…from this time on…
…MAPS OF THE WORLD began to show more
of THE WORLD.
Though the MING FLEETS floundered at Home politically,..
… the remaining Treasure Ships and fleet(s) and
…their initial findings… would also find their way onto
the many later World Maps.
Used East, West, North and South.
All over the World.
Our World Legends.
Fallen… or not.