Joanna Waley-Cohen Lecture, "To Sail the Seas: Marine Technology and the Treasure Fleets of Early Ming China"

Joanna Waley-Cohen
"To Sail the Seas: Marine Technology and the Treasure Fleets of Early Ming China"
Technology and Society in Pre-Modern China Series
April  2
5:00 - 6:30 PM
Science Center, 3rd floor Sciences Library
101-109 Waterman Street

In the early fifteenth century seven major fleets sailed from China as far as the coast of East Africa with a view to broadcasting Ming power and conducting diplomacy, and trade. The expeditions marked the culmination of several centuries of Chinese maritime domination and built on a long tradition of naval technology and navigational practice in terms of internal riverine communication, coastal defense, and ocean voyages.

This talk considered the history and condition of Chinese marine technology within the context of water-borne transport more generally and—given the chronological proximity to the European ‘age of discovery’, in comparative perspective.

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Co-sponsored by the History Department and the Science Center.