|Question||Has there been much information published about the recent hoard of Chinese cash of Cheng Tsu (Yung Lo), 1403-1424, found "in situ" near Hormozd, Iran? The large Chinese junks travelled to the Persian Gulf just prior to Vasco da Gama's voyage to India.|
Since the 4th year of Yong-Lo (1405), Chang Ho had been assigned by Emperor Cheng Tsu to start his southward ventures for 7 times. Until the 7th month of the 5th year of Huang De (1433) he returned to China from the last trip. During his 7 ventures he and his giant fleet of about 50 giant vessels and more than 20,000 soldiers visited south Asian areas, Arab Peninsula, India, Ceylon, Maldives and eastern Africa. Each time they brought huge number of cash coins, chinaware, Chinese herbs ... and many other goods on their vessels, as rewards or gifts to the visiting countries and areas.
The following map illustrates the navigation routes for Cheng Ho's 7-time