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was 12 or when he imperial palace whoserve

d or men –all boys 13. Thecatch castrated.

to be palacehad in the

living tsare now descenden His –wasn’t he

But wait in Thailand.

r gavehim aeunuch? “Hisbrothe

Ho Cultural children,”

said Cheng some Kok

neral manager Museuma of his ssistantge

us pictures Kee Boon, rontofaC showing hinesets

posinginf descenden

in Thailand. style house

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whoserve d in the Omar, aPersian

tor. He administra as an Mongol empire province

or of Yunnan thegovern was also Ho’sfather

sty. Cheng Yuandyna during the hismother Chinese.

and was Persian,

Ho thename Cheng He received

he aHe) after wasbornM (he life in

Yong Le’s saved Emperor

vince. He was ChengPro of is the Battle honourofh

province in named

after the bravery.

feats incredible most One of his

tire imperial buildanen was to 208vessel

s, consisting of fleet , horse

farmships including ed bean war ships, more.“Theyplant ships and revent the

crew barrelstop sprouts in

(an illness gberi-beri contractin from B),which

alack of vitamin caused by said Kok.

thetime,” was deadly at

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