The Indian Ocean at the time of Zheng He

Friday 14 November 2014,

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Zheng He (1371–1433) is a crucial character in the early Ming period.

Between 1405 and 1433 he led seven official missions from China to kingdoms around the Indian Ocean, from Southeast Asia to East Africa. In this lecture, Paul Lunde, Associate of Civilizations in Contact, University of Cambridge, paints a picture of the hugely varied cultures Zheng He encountered during these voyages.

Please note that the original speaker, Elizabeth Lambourn, De Montfort University, Leicester, is no longer able to present this lecture due to unforeseen personal circumstances.

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