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Pre-Columbian Chinese Megaships Ruled The Seas, Then They Burned Them

Pre-Columbian Chinese Megaships Ruled The Seas, Then They Burned Them

Long before Christopher Columbus sailed across the Atlantic, a Chinese admiral named Zheng He launched the greatest armada the world had ever seen: more than 300 ships with nearly 28,000 men. The largest of his vessels could have fit Columbus' ship, the Santa Maria, inside of it—plus three more Santa Marias. China's emperor had ordered the construction of these megaships, which boasted nine masts, ...

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