Zheng He

1387 - 1433

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Zheng He (Chinese: 郑和; 1371 – 1433 or 1435) was a Chinese mariner, explorer, diplomat, fleet admiral, and court eunuch during China's early Ming dynasty. He was originally born as Ma He in a Muslim family and later adopted the surname Zheng conferred by the Yongle Emperor. Zheng commanded expeditionary treasure voyages to Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, Western Asia, and East Africa from 1405 to 1433. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Zheng He has received more than 2,819,433 page views. His biography is available in 124 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 122 in 2019). Zheng He is the 11th most popular explorer, the 8th most popular biography from China and the most popular Chinese Explorer.

Zheng He is most famous for his voyages to Southeast Asia, South Asia, and East Africa in the 15th century.

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Among explorers, Zheng He ranks 11 out of 405Before him are Amerigo Vespucci, Bartolomeu Dias, Hernán Cortés, James Cook, Roald Amundsen, and Ibn Battuta. After him are Francis Drake, Francisco Pizarro, Prince Henry the Navigator, Jacques Cartier, Fridtjof Nansen, and Erik the Red.

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Among people born in 1387, Zheng He ranks 1After him is Blanche I of Navarre. Among people deceased in 1433, Zheng He ranks 1After him are John I of Portugal, Lidwina, Lê Lợi, Emperor Go-Komatsu, Joan of France, Duchess of Brittany, and Baysunghur.

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In China

Among people born in China, Zheng He ranks 8 out of 1,186Before him are Mao Zedong (1893), Huang Xianfan (1899), Qin Shi Huang (-258), Laozi (-604), Sun Tzu (-543), and 14th Dalai Lama (1935). After him are Chiang Kai-shek (1887), Sima Qian (-145), Deng Xiaoping (1904), Sun Yat-sen (1866), Kublai Khan (1215), and Puyi (1906).

Among EXPLORERS In China

Among explorers born in China, Zheng He ranks 1After him are Xuanzang (602), Zhang Qian (-200), Gan Ying (100), and Ma Huan (1380).