@Aya Shawn
Living in Singapore, professional investorMar 4
The demise of the fleet has nothing to do with the collapse of the Ming Empire
In fact, the construction of the fleet was completed between 1403 and 1424. According to historical records, the last ocean mission of the fleet was on January 19, 1431.
The Ming Empire collapsed in 1644, 200 years later.


The disappearance of the fleet was actually because the imperial government stopped building and maintaining the navy, no longer building new super battleships, and no longer maintaining those old battleships. It was difficult for wooden warships from the classical period to continue operating for more than 50 years. They would naturally be continuously damaged or dismantled, or destroyed by fire.
Perhaps many people are curious why the Ming Empire abandoned it after building such a huge fleet.
The key reason is because they lack demand drive.


The Ming Empire was large and rich, and they were a society based on agriculture. The entire country has its own economic cycle and they don't care about business. The only trade was usually for a few luxury goods.
In addition to bringing back some spices, animals and crops, the ocean-going fleet could only carry out some diplomatic activities. They did not hope to carry out colonial activities, and they did not have the support of trade power. At the same time, on the entire west coast of the Pacific, there was no force that could threaten the maritime security of the Ming Empire.


This fleet, which was entirely supported by government taxes, became a heavy burden on the empire's finances.
This is easy to understand. In the 20 years after the end of the Cold War, why did the U.S. Navy implement the "from sea to land" policy?
Like the Ming Empire, after they lost the threat of the Soviet unx, their huge fleet lost its meaning, leaving only a financial burden. If it were not for the rise of China in the past decade, the U.S. Navy would be in even worse shape than it is now.