1421, the Year China Discovered America?

1421, the Year China Discovered America?

DVD - 2004
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Did a daring Chinese admiral sailing the world's largest wooden armada reach America 71 years before Columbus? This program examines the mystery surrounding the sailing exploits of the legendary Admiral Zheng He and his 30-year command of a Ming fleet. Part one discusses his known voyages to Asia and Africa; part two discusses the controversial theory that he rounded the Cape of Good Hope, and sailed on to America.
Publisher: [Alexandria, Va.] : PBS Home Video, c2004
ISBN: 9780793699483
0793699487
Branch Call Number: DVD 910.9 Fourteen
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Liber_vermis
Feb 11, 2013

A captivating presentation of the amazing nautical exploits of the 15th century Chinese. It uses actors in period costumes, digital simulations, and contemporary video footage to present the known history and the author Gavin Menzies' suppositions about the discovery of America. The DVD combines four half-hour segments so there is some boring repetition (that might have been edited out). Curiously (and disappointingly) no archeological findings of the well-known Chinese presence on the Pacific coast of North America was included in this documentary by PBS.

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GHN
Apr 25, 2011

By ignoring the large number of commercial, military, pirate ships in the whole world, especially Europe, Middle East, Africa, South East Asia, Mr Gavin Menzies, in his book, based on dubious stories and fragments of artifacts found in Africa, had concluded the Chinese admiral Zheng-He had found and charted a navigation map to America in 1421. One of his main logic: fragments of china found in Africa and South America were shipped by no other vessels but Chinese ships. Curiously he did not get the carbon dating of these artifacts.

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