Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. A former submarine commander in Britain’s Royal Navy, Menzies must enjoy doing battle. The amateur historian’s. In The Year China Discovered America (), aspires to rewrite world history on a grand scale. He maintains that Gavin Menzies)four Chinese fleets. On 3/8/, the largest fleet the world had ever seen set sail from China. by Gavin Menzies by Gavin Menzies The Devil in the White City by Erik.

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You are here Pseudoscience: The film rights have been bought by Warner Bros. He singles out the sixth voyage because it was the only one in which Zheng He returned to China early, leaving his subordinate eunuch-captains to carry out their mission of returning tribute envoys to their kingdoms.

This book is mebzies highly controversial and the author has fared well; his next book claims that it were the Chinese who started the Renaissance in Europe. Although this book appears in his Bibliography, it is not referred to in the text. Take me to Who Discovered America? Nationalism and the Internet”.

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For me, it’s still a book on my priority list to beread again and again Mar 25, Jason Koivu rated it really liked it Shelves: A separate examination of these sites would be needed to distinguish between old-style anecdotal history and scientifically investigated archaeological sites. Look, it’s an interesting idea that the Chinese could have sent an enormous fleet out to see what there was out there, and that they could have drawn up a map of everything, and then decided to close their borders and give up on the outside world, and that the maps could have ended up in the hands of the European explorers, and that those explorers could have found knick-knacks that were Chinese and people who might have been descended from Chinese people who ended up there long-term one way or another.

If the crew had been better equipped they would have realized that they were traveling west along the west African coast, and the map which they subsequently made would have shown the bulge. But this is contradicted by some pre-Columbian native art found at Cofins Cave in Brazil and at Trujillo, Peru that depict horses, and in one case, what is thought to be Chinese cavalry on horseback. But before I finish my rant, as promised, some out jumping around, because I realise you may have no idea what this book is about.


Thus, the author bases his argument Gavin Menzies, a former submarine commander in the British navy and amateur historian, argues in this book that between and squadrons from Zheng He’s fleets reached the Americas prior gavni the Europeans.

This account from a man with a very active imagination and a publisher willing to put favin in print wasted my precious reading time. He claims to have information from anthropology, archaeology, geology, geography, history, etc, but what he really has exists only in his own mind.

Inasmuch as Menzies believes that he has collected a veritable mountain of evidence, he is not disheartened by skepticism about some of his astonishing assertions.

Part of the reason he thought he was in Asia when he landed in the Caribbean was because his crew encountered “light skinned” Asians that were the descendants of Chinese who’d been shipwrecked there 70 years before.

Strangely, he includes an appendix explaining how the Chinese measured longitude, which is almost exactly the same word gavij word as his description of how the Chinese measured longitude found in Chapter 15, making it completely extraneous.

The Year China Discovered the Worldis a work of sheer fiction presented as revisionist history. I was about two chapters in when I really started to think about the logic of this and decided to do a little research. This is sort of an easy way for him to scope points, as he can pick one or two of the challengers, present their argument as he wishes to and then respond.

People want to make up their own minds.

His premise sounds interesting, and perhaps mwnzies, if far-fetched: Zheng He commissioned, built and commanded a Chinese Imperial fleet that sailed through the Strait of Malacca, and into the Indian Ocean to Calicut, possibly East Africa, and other countries. Like Telegraph Books on Facebook.


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Instructors seeking to provide some light relief to a sometimes heavy-going subject also could encourage students to vie with one another in nominating the most peculiar or amusing passage in the book. Life is short and time is a scarce resource.

But there is no substantiated evidence that they rounded the Menzifs of Good Hope. This website serves as a focal point for ongoing research into pre-Columbian exploration of the world.

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There’s a similar rock with swirly patterns on it in Central America. If you would like to keep up to date with our research, please enter your email address memzies to subscribe to our newsletter. I gave it one star for the few things I actually found interesting, but given the rest of the book it makes me want to double check even those.

This is the naive romantic view of the Orient held by a child flipping through National Geographic. As I read, though, red flags continued to pop up. They sailed aro Ok, so this was really interesting and he had a pretty good basic thesis. May 23, Jini rated it did not like it. His White Whale is Eurocentric historiography, which celebrates Columbus a thief and fraud, pp. You can also subscribe without commenting. So after reading about how the Chinese explorers rode their horses hundreds of kilometres inland from the Australian coast to mine for gold and iron and who knows what else, I noped my way firmly to the exit, following the path that dozens of reputable historians have forged before me.

I’m happy to see that Gavin Menzies’ thesis in He goes on to claim that Chinese sailors shipwrecked on the East Coast of the United States would have been able to communicate with locals, as these would have included Chinese who had walked over the Bering Strait.