Zheng He was an admiral and diplomat who commanded seven expeditions. The emperor chose Zheng He to be the commander-in-chef of the missions to the "Western Oceans." The emperor wanted for these epeditions to happen to show China's power. China had reached the peak of naval technology during the beginning of the Ming Dynasty that surpassed the rest of the world. To show such advancements, the emperor ordered to create ships, "over 400 feet long, 160 feet wide, with nine masts, twelve sails, and four decks, large enough to carry 2,500 tons of cargo each and armed with dozens of small cannons. Accompanying those ships were to be hundreds of smaller ships, some filled only with water, others carrying troops or horses or cannon, still others with gifts of silks and brocades, porcelains, lacquerware, tea, and ironworks that would impress leaders of far-flung civilizations." These voyages of Zheng He ended up being very successful since he was able to travel a great distance to show that China was powerful and technologically advanced. Until recently, his voyages have been forgotten in China, but he is revered in Chinese communities abroad.