Europe and Asia

When did the Chinese Empire begin naval exploration

During the Song Dynasty (960–1270 C.E.), the Chinese began to build sea-faring trade ships. It was during the Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368 C.E.) that Chinese traders began to appear in the ports of Ceylon (Sri Lanka), India, and as far west as Africa. They were seeking goods for the royal kingdom, such as spices, ivory, medicine, and tropical woods.


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