Ming China What Can We Learn From Them?


Chinese Exploration and Isolation

Cause Effect
Ming emperors disallowed foreign trade. They thought the Portuguese were barbarians.
The emperors didn’t allow trade with other nations. Chinese citizens who made goods for trade lost income.
Ming emperors desire to show the greatness of their rule and to collect tribute. Zheng He’s expeditions began.
The Portuguese wanted to buy silk, but their textiles weren’t as good as Chinese. Chinese require payment in gold and silver.
Ming leaders ban ships with more than two masts. There will be no further construction of ships. Chinese expeditions stop.
The Chinese thought the Portuguese were barbarians. The Chinese keep close control over contact with Europeans.

What can modern nations learn from the Ming Dynasty?

What the nations of today can learn from the Ming Dynasty is getting to know your neighbors and trading with other nations is important. If the United States of America stopped trade, oh, we’d be in BIG, and I mean BIG trouble! We wouldn’t have oil, which means no gas, or power. The debt we own to China would take its tool, in fact we could even have another Great Depression!


Ancient Africa? Ancient Asia? Who had the Bigger Impact on Us, Today?

Ancient Africa has made more contributions to our world today then Ancient Asia, and I’m going to prove it to you.

Metallurgy and tools

In ancient West Africa iron was smelted by the Kush Empire, which they then traded for other important resources. This lead to the Iron Age. They started making weapons with iron, as well as tools. Ancient Tanzanian furnaces could reach 1,800°C — 200 to 400°C warmer than those of the Romans! With iron today we build huge building, “The Empire State Building,” is an example. Iron pillars are used to hold it up.


Sure the Chinese built the Silk Road, which as the main trading rout of the time, but the West Coast of Africa produced gold and salt, two of the most valuable things of the time. The Ghana Empire was very rich. Its wealth came from mining gold and salt. The thing is though, there were no gold or salt mines in the Empire, most of the salt mines were north and east of the Empire. The gold mines were farther south, along the east coast, so how is that possible?

Well, the people of coastal West Africa produced more gold than they could ever need. The Ghana Empire just so happened to have control over the trade routes between the Sahara Desert and the southern parts of West Africa. They used this to their advantage. The kings promised the merchants, who were traveling south to trade salt for gold, that they would protected by Ghana’s great army. In exchange, the merchants would have to give the army a portion of the gold they brought through Ghana. The Golden Age began.


The Europeans were the first to sail to the America, right? Line of evidence suggest that ancient Africans sailed to South America and Asia hundreds of years before Europeans. Thousands of miles of waterways across Africa were trade routes. The Mali and Songhia built boats 100 feet long and 13 feet wide and could carry 80 tons. Yes, I must admit the magnetic compass invented by the Song Dynasty was a very big contribution to navigation, without it we wouldn’t be able to tell which was is north.


Ancient Africa has made more contributions the Ancient Asia. In Navigation, Metallurgy and tools, and Trade. I would like to say if you disagree with any of my points, that is your opinion, and that is mine, please respect them. But I would like for you to take my side, as I have proven that Ancient Africa has contributed more to our world than Ancient Asia.