I do not think that it was wise for the Ming emperor to do that. Zheng He's voyages where for good reasons. He used them for trading goods and other useful material for architectural structures such as grand tombs or palaces.😜
I agree with you because Zheng He's voyages were extraordinarily successful and he was one of the greatest voyagers of all time.
I definitely agree. Zheng He's explorations were a perfect way to help ideas and trade spread around. I really don't even understand how they would be able to thrive without communication, and did anyone rebel?
But again, I was not there at the time so it might have different perspectives throughout the empire. 😎
The emperor might feel different than what the peasants might feel about it!
It was not wise to close off trade. Many people liked trading with china. China was not losing money, so it was a bad idea.
True. Most people liked trading with China. Considering that China had many goods to trade with.
I agree Delia! zeng he had great ideas, and spread Chinese popularity
I don't think it was a very good idea for the Ming emperor to close off China. China wasn't being introduced to new ideas, inventions, or beliefs. Nor did China have any trade. But, it would be a good idea if they didn't want ideas and inventions getting out and into other countries.
I totally agree. The voyages were for spreading new ideas throughout China.
I agree, I think that it would have been better if they kept the explorations open. I think that it was a chance for people to learn new things, but they stopped it
In my opinion, it was a foolish, AND smart thing to do. First of all, sending out pounds, and pounds of gold and jewelry was expensive, and it probably wasn't smart to just give them out as gifts. Then again, it was a nice and non-violent way to make allies and it represented China's wealth.
The policy of Isolationism was kinda weird to me. If you cut off meeting with different countries, then you wouldn't be able to trade and the economy would probably drop. China adopted the policy because they were the "greatest current empire in the world" at the time. I thought it was foolish to cut off all ties and connections with the world JUST because you were "better" than everyone else. Narcissistic much, China? (Did that sound offensive? Sorry.)
But, I bet that the poor would like that he just gave out gold and treasures.
What do you mean by that?
"But, I bet that the poor would like that he just gave out gold and treasures."
Why would the poor like the fact that the Ming emperor to carelessly give out gold and other treasures to foreigners while the poor citizens in China themselves have none?
If you ran your own country, then you'd want to take care of your own people first instead of just giving away all of the money that your people worked hard on to outsiders.
Unless I didn't interpret your sentence correctly, then I'm pretty sure you forgot to add the "n't" to the end of "wouldn't"...
I don´t think it was smart to isolate. When you isolate the ships wouldn't be able to travel around and trade. No contact with other places might lead to them not being informed on wars or anything. So, they might have higher chances of being attacked. As well as that if you are not isolated you could have more people for your army.
I think that that was a very poor decision. Zheng He helped spread ideas and trade. Without communication so many things would be different. Not to mention how only certain people would be allowed in certain places.
I agree Josie I think it was a poor decision to stop Zheng. He did spread ideas and trade.Also I agree because he made China's culture spread which also helped China.
I say that Zheng He should not have been stopped. He spread Chinese culture around Asia and the popularity of China could have gotten bigger and bigger. Also, what's the matter with his voyages if the Chinese emperor was gaining more money and power from the new citizens.
I say the Ming emperor didn't make a good decision of creating isolationism. They were doing perfectly fine with their trade. They made more money with trade than losing money from giving gold to make allies.
I am stuck in the middle on whether or not it was a good idea. I think it was a bad idea because no one can trade with the people of the Ming Dynasty. Now the no one gets to explore new things from other places. Although I think it was a good idea because now the empire is not loosing money and they are not loosing their time with the emperor. Like I said i'm stuck in the middle.
I disagree the empire isn't loosing money because trading could support the economy if the pricing and location is good. I do agree that it was a bad idea because the ideas of other areas aren't spreading though.
I kinda agree with you Kiley I am not so sure which side I'm on either. But if I had to pick a side I would say the Ming emperor made the wrong choice with all the great succes of their trade. They gained lots of money because of it. Even though they did lose money because of giving free gold to people to make allies I still think they shouldn't have made the policy of isolation.
I think it was smart that Zheng he isolated his empire. I think this because then people were not able to steal from them. Also people would not be able to come into his empire.
I would have to respectfully disagree with you. According to what I heared, people could still come to his empire. I am not sure if they could steal from him though.😎
I honestly think that the Ming emperor's decision to start the policy of Isolationism was probably not the smartest idea. Just think- if he hadn't brought Zheng He back to China and sent the foreigners away, China could have gained tons more resources and cultural ideas, not to mention showing off for citizens of other countries. This could have led to fear of intimidation, which would leave China untouched by invaders, because they'd be scared.
I totally agree with you, Ellen. More cultural ideas could have spread. making China even more advance. Also, they could have scared their attackers out of battle because of fear. Great response!!
In my opinion, It wasn't a wise choice. Zheng He's voyages were made for people to trade on safer. It was too dangerous on ground. Therefore the Zheng He voyage should have stayed.
I do not think it was wise for the Ming Emperor to stop Zheng because his voyages made China look the best.He also gave people gold to make allies so that also helped China. Also He spread China's culture to Asia which helped gain citizens which gain more money.
I agree with Daniel. China could have gotten some new allies with those voyages.
I agree with you OB. If you have more population that means you can make more money. And who doesn't like more money.
I don't think the Ming Emporer should have close the voyages and went into the policy of isolation. Although it saves money they could've learned new things. And maybe China could've conquered some new land.
I agree with Sean. China could've learned new things from all the lands they would go to.
I do not think the Ming Empire should have adopted the policy of isolationism because it is stopping the spread of ideas. They could have potentially learned the ideas of the voyagers and bettered the empire. Also, this could have made the economy better by supporting trade.
Zheng He's voyages helped spread ideas all over china. It also increased China's population, which in my opinion, is a good thing. That means more people help that empire grow in size, popularity, and power. He also created allies while on his voyages. One of his boats were filled with supplies and money that was ready to be given out for free to foreign countries. This made is less likely for them to get attacked from countries around China.
i definitely agree with you Delia, Claire, ect. zheng he's voyages were key to spreading Chinese culture and trading.
I think it was a bad that the Ming Emperor stopped the voyages. He was gaining many allies throughout each voyage. Also China was spreading their ideas all over Asia. They were becoming popular which helps the empire grow.
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