1421 : The Year China Discovered The World
by Gavin Menzies
Editor: Transworld Publishers Ltd
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On March 8,1421, the largest fleet the world has ever seen sailing from China.The ships, nearly five hundred feet long, were under the command of Emperor Zhu Di Eunuchs’ faithful admirals Emperor Zhu DiTheir mission was to ” go all the way to the end of the earth to collect from the tribute paid by the barbarians beyond the sea and to unite the Confucian world of harmony.Their journey will last more than two years and take them around the globe, but by the time back home, China begins to get long, self-isolation imposed on the world, it had until recently adopted.And if the large ships were left abandoned and the records of their voyage destroyedAnd with them, the knowledge that the Chinese had made the circumnavigation of the world a century before Magellan, reached America seventy years before Christopher Columbus, and in Australia, three hundred and fifty years before Cook.The result of fifteen years of research, 1421 is Gavin Menzies’s exciting account of the voyage of the Chinese fleet, the remarkable discoveries he made and the convincing evidence to support it: ancient maps, accurate navigation knowledge, astronomy and survival accounts of Chinese, explorers and, later, European navigators as well as traces of the fleet left behind – of sunken jonAlready hailed as a classic, it is the story of an extraordinary voyage of discovery, which not only radically changes our understanding of the world of exploration, but also rewrites history itself.
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