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Admiral Zheng He (1371 – 1435)

In 2005 Singapore issued a set of stamps to honour Admiral Zheng He (Admiral Cheng Ho) and his epic journeys of discovery.

In 1405 the Emperor of China appointed him to lead a fleet of 62 ships to travel to far-off lands to make friends and establish diplomatic relations with other countries. He travelled down the South China Sea and visited Malacca, Goa (in India), and East Africa. Being a Muslim, Zheng He also managed to make a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

History reports that between 1405 and 1433, Zheng He made seven majorvoyages. He exchanged gifts with the different rulers he met and, on one voyage, he brought back a pair of giraffes for the Emperor!

Some of his maps still survive. They show the routes Admiral Zheng He took on his voyages. On one map is a place marked “dan-ma-xi” – or Temasek, the old name of Singapore!

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Stamp: 2005 Jul
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Written by victorkoo

1 April, 2008 at 10:00 am

Posted in Philatelic Book

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