This illustration of famed Chinese Admiral Zheng He appeared in the July 2005 issue of National Geographic in the article "China's Great Armada." Zheng He led one of the grandest trading fleets the world has ever known. In the early 15th century his vast floating city of hundreds of ships spread Chinese influence from Indochina to Africa. Thanks to Zheng, China became a superpower.
An ancestor of Squirmin' Herman? You be the judge.