1433 the European world was 59 years away from harnessing the technological advancements necessary for large scale maritime sailing. In Ming China however, not only did they have the means, but they already dabbled in seafaring around the coast of India the east coast of Africa. At the time, Chinese porcelain, silk and copper coins were heavily desired products throughout Europe. Along with China’s technological advancements, China was on the cusp of becoming a superpower in the world. Instead, China turned towards isolationism and the pursuit of domestic tranquility.