In July 1405, the Ming Emperor Yongle gave Zheng He command of the greatest armada the world has ever seen. His brief was to travel to the Western Ocean with some 300 ships and persuade the rulers of far flung lands to pay homage to the Emperor as the "Son of Heaven". There has been much debate as to the size of these treasure ships, and this film investigates the truth behind the claims. Who was this extraordinary man who led an armada half way around the world decades before Columbus was to set sail for the Americas?
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