pompey2 Posted July 30, 2015 Share #1 Posted July 30, 2015 I have been reading a really fascinating book - '1421 The Year China Discovered the World' by Gavin Menzies. It is a big old book but completely captivating. The Author was a British submarine captain and has (obviously) a good knowledge of the worlds winds, currents etc. as well as being a navigator. He has applied this knowledge to the incredible voyages made by vast Chinese fleets in the title year around the whole globe. He then carries out research to back up his presumptions. He uses and unpicks a lot of historic maps that were presumably copies from older maps made by the Chinese, he offers very creditable arguments with a wealth of supporting facts. His research suggests that these fleets discovered and mapped most of the places we currently give Old World Europeans (Magellan, Columbus, Cook etc.) the credit for, including both coasts of North and South America, Antarctica, Australia, New Zealand, rounding Cape Horn and Cape of Good Hope. Really recommended. Nick robin b, mtaylor, mischief and 2 others 5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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