of eunuch general and explorer Zheng He (1371-1433), Mingshi 26/304/7766-7769.
Translated by Edward Dreyer along with other primary sources given as
appendices to his biographical study, entitled Zheng He: China and the Oceans in the
Early Ming Dynasty, 1405-1433, which was published (Longman,
2006) in the Library of World Biography Series edited by Peter N.
Stearns. We reproduce it here by gracious permission of the
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