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  • Episode 1: Treasure Fleets

  • In the year 1404, Chinese Admiral Zheng set sail on his giant treasure ships in search of faraway lands. It was a journey filled with danger and now, six centuries later, historian Sam Willis follows this same path.

  • Episode 2: Spice Trail

  • Between 1405 and 1433, Chinese Admiral Zheng led one of the greatest fleets of medieval times down the maritime Silk Road. Now, historian Sam Willis traces this route from Kerala to Dubai to see how these spice filled waterways have changed.

  • Episode 3: New Horizons

  • In 1416, Admiral Zheng travelled further west than ever before; across the Indian Ocean to the Swahili Coast. From a historic port city to a centuries old shipwreck, Historian Sam Willis now explores what happened when the Admiral made it Africa.


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