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First Ming emperor in 1368; originally of peasant lineage; original name Zhu Yuanzhang; drove out Mongol influence; restored position of scholar-gentry
The son of Hongwu and moved the Ming capital to Beijing. He built the imperial city, which became the Forbidden City. He was also a patron for oversea voyages and exploration.
An imperial eunuch and Muslim, entrusted by the Ming emperor Yongle with a series of state voyages that took his gigantic ships through the Indian Ocean, from Southeast Asia to Africa. (pp. 355, 422)Z
An Italian Jesuit who by his knowledge of Astronomy and science was accepted as a missionary of China
a walled section of Beijing that encloses the palace that was formerly the residence of the emperor of China
the last imperial dynasty of China (from 1644 to 1912) which was overthrown by revolutionaries
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