Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. A former submarine commander in Britain’s Royal Navy, Menzies must enjoy doing battle. The amateur historian’s. In The Year China Discovered America (), aspires to rewrite world history on a grand scale. He maintains that Gavin Menzies)four Chinese fleets. On 3/8/, the largest fleet the world had ever seen set sail from China. by Gavin Menzies by Gavin Menzies The Devil in the White City by Erik.
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Since only Chinese ships possessed the latter, it is generally assumed that Conti actually described Chinese vessels, evidently without knowing their origins. The Year China Discovered America and InGavin Menzies offers a stunning reappraisal of history, presenting compelling new evidence on the European Renaissance, tracing its roots to China.
Menzies focuses on maps of the world made before the European explores were born and points to journals showing that Columbus, Magellan, Cook, and others had maps of the areas they were “discovering” before they ever set sail. Menzies, 71, could have anointed his bruises, pulled up his stumps and gone to live in Venice on the proceeds ofsatisfied that his revisionist view of history had at least got a good airing.
It is a theory. He knows that many of menxies points are insufficient to be accepted by science. Menzies’ second book, Menzies will say that this is because of the isolationist policy China soon after adopted.
There are dozens of websites that seem devoted to proving him wrong–although there are also dozens of websites devoted to proving the moon landing wrong, too, so that doesn’t necessarily mean much. If the evidence supports further research or re-evaluates long-held historical notions, then it is absolutely necessary to do so.
In the Pacific Northwest of the present-day United States, investigations at eight different gavon have uncovered Chinese coins.
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I want to see more DNA comparisons before I decide. He has this to say about Antillia Satanazes, being much to the northseems to have disappeared with the detailed exploration of the North Atlantic and the search for a North-West Passage.
It consists of agvin long list of anecdotes along the lines of “when I was menzues the navy, I saw a pile of moss covered rocks on the beach in South America that had a shape vaguely similar to that of a collapsed Chinese temple – further proof of Chinese contact with America!
Civil Engineering and Nautics Cambridge, U. Menzies has been made an honorary professor of Yunnan University, in south-west China, and been given the freedom of the city of Kunming. Buys and Sheli O. Furthermore, Regiomontanus menziies rely on practices with remainder tables from the abacus tradition.
As is explained below, if he had studied the medieval mythology and cartography of the North and mid-Atlantic countries he could not have come to this conclusion. The Chinese had been very good astronomers for years before the voyages were made The Bimini rocks – apparently some of the rocks are not native to gwvin area. They were told to sail as far as they could and explore, and they had the ships to do it.
The author starts off with his assumption that the famous European explorers used European maps that were copied from old Chinese maps because they showed yet uncharted land. History of Whaling in Twofold Bay.
One of the most annoying aspects of his writing, is his use of repetition, and subtle changes to the repetition to strengthen his position. He claims he knows the exact date that the the Fleet passed certain islands in the Caribbean due to their haphazard presence and occurrence on later European charts the absence of the moon excuses when these oddly shaped islands are misrepresented or missed on the charts.
Did the Chinese beat Columbus to America?
When I picked up this book, I was all ready to accept every word. I’m happy to see that Gavin Menzies’ thesis in Our knowledge of world exploration as it’s been commonly accepted for centuries must now be reconceived due to this landmark work of historical investigation.
I went to the internet. Some pages later he will return to that assumption, and add tavin further layer of speculation, restating it as likely. Not a single document or artifact has been found to support his new claims on the supposed Ming naval expeditions beyond Africa He went about the book as a mystery, not as historical fact.
London Ontario Drupal Users Group: Most records of their journeys were destroyed. Chinese walk across to Alaska and across all North America, but end up speaking Middle Chinese, and yet leave no trace of mfnzies dialect on neighbouring Native American languages? The Chinese had been very good astronomers for years before the voyages were made.
Aug 29, Joe rated it liked it Shelves: Assigning selections from the book to high-schoolers and undergraduates, it might serve as an outstanding example of how not to re write world history.
He claims in interviews to have been ousted by the scientific establishment – in reality, if you read the scientific reviews of his work, scholars simply subjected his work to the same standards to which they subject their own work. In addition, he conflates history for which there is strong evidence with unsupported theories.