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What were the motivations for exploration for Zheng He of China's Ming's Dynasty?

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Zheng He’s grandiose expeditions sponsored by the Ming Dynasty, under the leadership of Emperor Zhu Di, were aimed at demonstrating and affirming China’s superiority and power. Emperor Zhu Di wanted to portray the Ming Dynasty as a strong administration to the world. He wanted the recognition mainly to assert authority over China's neighbors and maintain the perception of being a strong country to far-flung regions.

He reinstated the tribute system and to effectively enforce it, he commissioned several voyages and the construction of great ships. Some of these ships, known as “Treasure Ships” measured four hundred feet long and one hundred and sixty feet wide. The ships could carry over 25,000 men and 2,500 tons of cargo, which was an astounding feat at the time. Zheng He organized and went on voyages to as far as the East African Coast with the huge treasure ships. The expeditions affirmed the Ming Dynasty’s prowess in navigation and shipbuilding.

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