1421 : The Year China Discovered America by Gavin Menzies
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On March 8, 1421, an immense fleet embarked from China, marking the start of an epic journey. This mission’s purpose? To travel to the far corners of the globe, gathering tribute from foreign lands, and fostering universal harmony. Yet, upon their return in October 1423, China faced a seismic shift in power. The emperor had been overthrown, plunging the nation into turmoil. Tragically, the magnificent ships were left to decay, and records of their remarkable expeditions were obliterated.
During China’s self-imposed isolation, a profound loss occurred: the realization that Chinese vessels had already reached the shores of America, seven decades before Columbus’ famed arrival, and had even circumnavigated the entire planet one hundred years before Magellan’s expedition. Equally astonishing is the fact that the Chinese had colonized America prior to European settlements, successfully exporting the main crops that have long sustained and clothed the world.
Revolutionizing our comprehension of history, “1421” unravels undeniable evidence of these extraordinary voyages. This groundbreaking work of historical investigation demands a reevaluation of our conventional understanding of global exploration, which has prevailed for centuries.