Maritime Asia, Past and Present

What an Amazing World!

A Model of Jin Dynasty Catamaran (3rd - 5th Century AD) An Eastern Han Dynasty (25 – 220 AD) Boat Model

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

George Santayana, American-Spanish philosopher and novelist

Since the invention of raft which eventually led to the creation of ship, humans have wandered not only across rivers and lakes, but also seas and oceans to reach terra incognita, lands that only existed in their imaginations before. As human population grew trade became a major drive for erstwhile explorers to brave themselves to risk their lives in return for gold and glory. From frankincense to silk, tea, coffee, ceramics, and spices, intercontinental trade was made possible by the invention of stronger, bigger ships equipped with more sophisticated navigation equipment.

In the Far East, in the time of the Zhou Dynasty (1046 – 256 BC), rudder technology was developed, opening the way for successive dynasties to incorporate ships into their military forces…

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