1421 The Year China Discovered America

ISBN-10: 0061564893
ISBN-13: 9780061564895
Edition: N/A
Authors: Gavin Menzies
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Description: On March 8, 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen set sail from China to "proceed all the way to the ends of the earth to collect tribute from the barbarians beyond the seas." When the fleet returned home in October 1423, the emperor had  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 6/3/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 672
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

On March 8, 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen set sail from China to "proceed all the way to the ends of the earth to collect tribute from the barbarians beyond the seas." When the fleet returned home in October 1423, the emperor had fallen, leaving China in political and economic chaos. The great ships were left to rot at their moorings and the records of their journeys were destroyed. Lost in the long, self-imposed isolation that followed was the knowledge that Chinese ships had reached America seventy years before Columbus and had circumnavigated the globe a century before Magellan. And they colonized America before the Europeans, transplanting the principal economic crops that have since fed and clothed the world.

Gavin Menzies is the bestselling author of 1421: The Year China Discovered America , 1434: The Year a Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance , and The Lost Empire of Atlantis: History's Greatest Mystery Revealed . His ideas have been profiled in the New York Times Magazine and the Wall Street Journal , and he has lectured at the Library of Congress, Royal Geographical Society, National Maritime Museum, and other prestigious venues. He served in the Royal Navy between 1953 and 1970. His knowledge of seafaring and navigation sparked his interest in the epic voyages of Chinese Admiral Zheng He. Menzies lives in London.

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