What would happen if 14th century Chinese explorer went to America rather then Africa?
During 14th century, China send a navel fleet to explore the world & find a new route to Rome & Persia, reached SouthAsia, Africa, MiddleEast and Turkey. After learning Rome's fall/dark age/Catholic Empire, the Chinese conclude Europe has no value and returned. Unlike Africans who haven't even reach stone age and live in small tribes, native Americans reached bronze age and have formed nations, has a 1st world economically, but technological disadvantage, because not connect to Euroasia. 14th century Chinese wanted trade, hate conqueror, so if they reached America and open trade with them...
The native american´s would have been conquered all the same. Slaved, used or killed.
Human nature is human nature.
So, in your opinion increase trade with Euroasia, won't help native american get technology up to date, to fight the British colonization then?
No. I am no historian and this a wild assumption based on the common denominator in history. That is, what humans find new they rape it. Why trade when you can take? If the Chinese saw themselves with a military advantage they would not negociate.
But they didn't invade. Asia was very powerful then, already have rifles, cannons and early rockets, while the rest of the world was still using bow and arrows. But unlike Mongols, China don't like to conqueror and prefer trades.
If the Chinese fleet went to North America instead of India, Arabia and, eventually, Africa, then it would have returned with furs instead of jewels, dyes, spices and gold. The Middle East, India and East Africa were very-much complex civilizations in the 14th Century that had been trading for centuries. They had steel and agriculture. The native Americans did not have bronze-age technology yet because their lands did not possess tin or copper (the two essential elements needed for bronze). The native Americans also did not have iron and so never developed steel or any strong-metal technology before the Europeans arrived. The native Americans ranged from nomadic hunter-gatherers to agricultural communities to great stone cities and empires. But theirs was a culture based on the maximal use of stone age technology. In North and South America they used stone or obsidian arrowheads and weapons.
I suspect, aside from bringing furs to China, the fleet reaching the "New World" would have had little impact. This is because when the Chinese fiat currency began to inflate, the Mings panicked and scrapped all overseas ventures and crashed China's economy with extreme austerity measures.
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