What might have happened had Zheng He established a trade/security pact with the Incan empire in the early 15th century while he was cruising around the Pacific with the Ming treasure fleet? Whether or not the Inca bent the knee, if China had gotten addicted to tobacco, sugar, etc. earlier than they did – and had had an exclusive bilateral international trade agreement in place that would have been threatened by the conquistadors – I imagine Spain’s conquest of central and south America (and, hence, world history for the last six centuries) would have gone very differently.

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