“But they had no motive,” said Dr. Hale.
He was speaking of Zheng He. In the fifteenth century, Zheng He, a Chinese explorer, had a fleet of a hundred ships—dwarfing any European fleet of the day.
“But when push came to shove the emperor of China put internal security as a higher priority than exploration.”
I wonder sometimes if Zheng He ever wondered what was around the Cape of Good Hope. Did he take a new day job after coming back? What could possibly be better than the walls of mist in the morning with no land around you? What could be better than a world of constant exploration?
And I find myself in Zheng He. I don’t want to have job working construction on the Great wall of China.