Zheng He

Born Jan 1, 1371

Zheng eunicheunich you are a eunichHe, formerly romanized as Cheng Ho, was a Muslim Hui-Chinese court eunuch, mariner, explorer, diplomat and fleet admiral, who commanded voyages to Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, Somalia and the Swahili coast, collectively referred to as the "Voyages of Zheng He" from 1405 to 1433. Zheng.… Read More

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1371 Birth Born in 1371.
1381 10 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1381, Ma Hajji (Zheng He's father) died in the fighting between the Ming armies and Mongol forces. … Read More


1385 14 Years Old However, Levathes (1996) has stated that he was castrated in 1385. … Read More
1390 19 Years Old On 2 March 1390, Zheng He accompanied Zhu Di when he commanded his first expedition, which was a great victory as the Mongol commander Naghachu surrendered as soon as he realized he had fallen for a deception. … Read More


1398 27 Years Old …  In 1398, he issued a policy known as xiaofan, "reducing the feudatories", which entails eliminating all the princes by stripping their power and military forces.
1399 28 Years Old 1 More Event
In August 1399, Zhu Di openly rebelled against his nephew.


1402 31 Years Old In January 1402, Zhu Di began with his military campaign to capture the imperial capital Nanjing. … Read More
1404 33 Years Old During the New Year's day on 11 February 1404, the Yongle Emperor conferred the surname "Zheng" to him (his original name was still Ma He), because he had distinguished himself defending the city reservoir Zhenglunba against imperial forces in the Siege of Beiping of 1399, Another reason was that the eunuch commander also distinguished himself during the 1402 campaign to capture the capital Nanjing. … Read More


1424 53 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1424, Admiral Zheng He traveled to Palembang to confer an official seal and letter of appointment upon Shi Jisun, who was placed in the office of Pacification Commissioner.
1426 55 Years Old On 15 May 1426, the Xuande Emperor ordered the Directorate of Ceremonial to send a letter to Zheng He to reprimand him for a transgression. … Read More
1430 59 Years Old In 1430, the new Xuande Emperor appointed Zheng He to command over a seventh and final expedition into the "Western Ocean" (Indian Ocean).


1431 60 Years Old In 1431, Zheng He was bestowed with the title "Sanbao Taijian", using his informal name Sanbao and characters meaning "Three Treasures".
1433 62 Years Old One theory is that Admiral Zheng He died in 1433. … Read More
1435 64 Years Old 1 More Event
Another belief is that Zheng He continued to serve as the defender of Nanjing, dying in 1435. … Read More
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