Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Lecture: When China Ruled the Seas
Erik Davis | On 05, Mar 2016
By 1405 China had been a powerful empire for nearly two thousand years. The crown jewels of Emperor Zhu Di’s navy were his Treasure Fleets of the Ming Dynasty 1405 – 1433. These behemoths, nearly half the size of World War II aircraft carriers, were the largest wooden sailing ships ever built. And although the wealth they carried back to China was staggering, it created conflict between the two factions that served the emperor; the Military and the Mandarin bureaucrats. Learn of the consequences of the time and how today China (again becoming a powerful player at sea) is celebrating its past.