1371 – He was born this year in Kunyang, Yunnan province, China. He grew up speaking Arabic and Chinese, learning much about the world to the west and its geography and customs.
1381 – After the Ming army conquered Yunnan, he was taken captive as a young boy in this year. He was castrated, thus becoming a eunuch, to become a servant at the Imperial court.
1403 – He served as a close confidant of the Yongle Emperor of China, the third emperor of the Ming Dynasty.
1405 – He made the voyages collectively referred to as the travels of "Eunuch Sanbao to the Western Ocean" from this year until 1433.
1431 – He set up a commemorative pillar at the temple of the Taoist goddess Tian Fei, the Celestial Spouse, in Fuji an province, to whom he and his sailors prayed for safety at sea.
1433 – He died this year in Calicut, India.
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