in 1405 the chinese fleet of zheng he had over 4,500 ships. 1,350 warships, 400 large war junks, 3,000 merchant vessels that could be converted into
fighting ships if needed. a fleet of these huge junks- some over 200 feet long were armed with cannon, rockets, and guns.
these ships had the capibility of taking over the world, the were much larger than Drake's galleons or columbus' ships.
but after 1433 the ships were withdrawn, scuttled and most of the men were killed, also zheng he was forced to live in the Forbidden City, with a
cushy job. To add to this theory there are conflicting views as to why the ships were scuttled, some say this is because there wer problems on the
domestic side of things (but why demolish the ships, also china was the most prosperous in the world) or some say it was because the new emporer was
afraid of conflict with eruope (but the chinese were much bigger had the same capabilities and much greater numbers of ships).
with the world about to become a chinese world, why did they so suddenly stop everything, is it possible they made a discovery and had to silence
everyone. it could explain why Zheng He was forced inside the forbidden City where he was allowed no contact with the outside world and all the ships
just food for thought, but raises some interesting questions