Nautical technology was not the obstacle for cessation of Chinese exploration because china had more advanced nautical technologies than Europe. China made an expedition advanced with nautical technology even before the legendary explorations of Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama, and Ferdinand Magellan. The famous explorer Zheng He of Ming dynasty in China first sailed in the expedition named “Western Ocean” in 1405, commanding 62 ships with 27,800 crew members (Pletcher 10). Explorer Zhen He’s expedition would never been succeeded if there would be less advanced technologies because if all the crew members were divided among 62 ships then there would be around 448 people in each...
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...ith the advanced maritime technology of China which they utilized later to explore and colonize new territories. Even though Chinese expedition was stopped with some internal problems within China, it has great significance in the history because of it contribution in development of nautical technology.
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