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    Posted: 09 Sep 2013 at 02:34
Here we can post everything about trades between China and African Kingdoms/Empires

Originally posted by Wikipedia Wikipedia wrote:

In 1414, the town was visited by the fleet of the Chinese explorer Zheng He. Malindi's ruler sent a personal envoy with a giraffe as a present to China on that fleet.

Quote Southern Song officials had deliberately encouraged overseas contacts by sending out trade missions laden with gifts, which were gratefully received at foreign courts. So pleased was the sultan of Malindi with Zheng He's presents that he sent an embassy to the Ming capital of Nanking in 1415 bearing exotic gifts of his own, among them a magnificent specimen of a giraffe for the Imperial Zoo. At the gate of the palace, the third Ming emperor Yong Le personally received the animal along with a “celestial horse” and a “celestial stag”; the giraffe was regarded as “a symbol of perfect virtue, perfect government and perfect harmony in the Empire and the universe”. To mark his appreciation, the ambassadors were taken all the way home to east Africa on Zheng He’s fifth voyage of 1417.

Originally posted by Wikipedia Wikipedia wrote:

The pet giraffe of the Sultan of Bengal, brought from Medieval Somalia, and later taken to China in the twelfth year of Yongle (1415).

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