Title: 1421: The Year China Discovered America Publisher: Harper Perennial Publication Date: 2004
Soft cover Book Condition: Fair
32 pages of colored photos. Photos are in very good condition. Additionally, the book contains black and white drawings and maps that are in good condition. The Soft Bound book has slight "Dog Ear" from shelf wear on head and foot of book. Rippled clear stain and signs of previous moisture on the first page (author biography page). Previous Owner Inscription (imprint). Foot has slight shelf wear and stain. Spine is slightly cocked (refer to photos). Firm spine. No marks or highlights inside of book. Approx. Shipping weight: 2 pounds.
Argues that the Chinese discovered America and established colonies there before Columbus and that European explorers such as Magellan and Cook "discovered" new lands using pre-existing Chinese maps.
Compelling evidence that the Chinese were the first great maritime explorers -- not the Europeans. Rewrite the history books!
In 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen sailed from its base in China. The ships, huge junks nearly 500 feet long and built from the finest teak, were under the command of Emperor Zhu Di?s loyal eunuch admirals. Their mission was to proceed all the way to the end of the earth to collect tribute from the barbarians beyond the seas and unite the whole world in Confucian harmony. Their journey would last over two years and circle the globe.
When they returned, Zhu Di had lost power and China was beginning its long, self-imposed isolation from the world. The great ships rotted and the records of their journeys were destroyed. Lost was the knowledge that Chinese ships had reached America 70 years before Columbus and circumnavigated the globe a century before Magellan. They had also discovered Antarctica, reached Australia 350 years before Cook, and solved the problem of longitude 300 years before the Europeans.
In this fascinating historical detective story, Gavin Menzies shares the remarkable account of his discoveries and the incontrovertible evidence supporting them.
(Note: Brass cannon shown in photo is not sold with the book. The cannon was used to hold book open for photograph.)