The Year China Discovered America

Book - 2004
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On March 8, 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen set sail from China. Its mission was "to proceed all the way to the ends of the earth to collect tribute from the barbarians beyond the seas" and unite the whole world in Confucian harmony. When it returned in October 1423, the emperor had fallen, leaving China in political and economic chaos. The great ships were left to rot at their moorings and the records of their journeys were destroyed. Lost in China's long, self-imposed isolation that followed was the knowledge that Chinese ships had reached America seventy years before Columbus and had circumnavigated the globe a century before Magellan. Also concealed was how the Chinese colonized America before the Europeans and transplanted in America and other countries the principal economic crops that have fed and clothed the world. Unveiling incontrovertible evidence of these astonishing voyages, 1421 rewrites our understanding of history. Our knowledge of world exploration as it has been commonly accepted for centuries must now be reconceived due to this landmark work of historical investigation.
Publisher: New York, NY : Perennial, 2004.
Edition: 1st Perennial ed.
ISBN: 9780060540944
Characteristics: 650 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 23 cm.


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Sep 08, 2010

Based on the slimmest of evidence, and his knowledge of the sea gathered as a submarine Captain, Menzies pitches a fabulous (literally) alternative history yarn that this reader found more compelling than Kim Stanley Robinson’s “The Years of Rice & Salt.” It also has a few good laughs. Too bad Menzies is serious.


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