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Section One: Selected Primary Sources

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This chapter discusses a list of selected primary sources. Some of the primary sources include work done by the Portuguese historian João de Barros (1516-1525); The work includes records and descriptions that scholars such as Jin Guoping consider to be the earliest Western records of Zheng He's voyages. The chapter also discusses extracts from diverse Western sources, which is divided into four parts, the first two of which contain materials from the thirteenth to nineteenth centuries. The other primary sources include Gordon, Stewart. When Asia Was the World. Cambridge, Mass.: Da Capo Press, 2009. 288 pp. This book provides memoirs of travelers and merchants who had experience in Asia from AD 700 to 1500. One chapter of the book is devoted to Ma Huan.

Keywords: Portuguese historian João de Barros; Zheng He's voyages



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