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Teaching DBQ: Chinese Exploration & Isolation

DBQ: Chinese Exploration & Isolation

Citations: Document 1: Confucious translated by James Legge. “The Chinese Classics (Confucian Analects).” Project Gutenberg. <>. Document 2: Wolla, Scott. “Why didn’t China discover the New World?” Social Education, vol. 77, no. 2, 2013, pp 68–73. <>. Document 3: Gronewald, Sue. “The Ming Voyages.” Asia for Educators. <>. Document 4: "File:The Great Wall of China at Jinshanling-edit.jpg." Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. <

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Why did the Ming Dynasty stop exploring the world and return to isolation?


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