>>27545294 And so the Hongxi emperor came unto Zheng He and ordered the great admiral to set fire to his fleet that all the Chinese might remain within China for all their long lives.
But wise Zheng He saw through this decision as possibly shortsighted and driven by emotion, and so he did return to the emperor after a fortnight and declare that while transporting his fleet to the site of burning it had been subject to a tragic boating accident and could not be recovered.
And the Hongxi emperor did look upon these works at face value and bade Zheng He that he become defender of Nanjing and supervise the rebuilding and repair of the Great Baoen Temple.
But within seven years Zhang He's wisdom was proven most prudent for the Xuande emperor did order him to undertake one last treasure voyage, which Zhang He was thus prepared to undertake. And this last great voyage traveled so far as Mecca and the wise Zhang He did not live to see its completion.
And so until this day wise and prudent men oft claim to lose valued and important goods in a tragic boating accident to avoid the capricious whims of the shortsighted and emotional.
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