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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When faced with these facts, Menzies was likable menzkes civil. He suggests that the Chinese captured a few giant South American sloths or mylodons in Patagonia. The Portuguese landed in Puerto Rico a short ten years after the Chinese. Well, the Chinese did, and in great detail, and the maps were then copied or made by some of the Europeans who were sailing with the Chinese fleets.

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Gavn, when there’s some completely inexplicable conclusion, he reminds the reader, “the Chinese had expert carpenters, stone masons, cartographers, astronomers, etc. The general conclusion is that although the Kangnido map contains a representation of Africa, it does not reflect direct Chinese knowledge of the continent, but information derived from a variety of foreign sources over a long period, and compiled from earlier Chinese maps themselves based on foreign sources.

I went to the internet. I’ve decided to shelf this one at chapter 4, page and so withholding a rating in fairness. Books by Gavin Menzies. Before you know it, he’s started asking your friends who they think discovered the world and after a short time, the friend’s nods and smiles go from sincerely interested to polite to barely hanging on, and they’re looking around desperately for someone to rescue them from this conversation.


Is carbon dating really all that accurate? He singles agvin the sixth voyage because it was the only one in which Zheng He returned to China early, leaving his subordinate eunuch-captains to carry out their mission of returning tribute envoys to their kingdoms.

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Thus, the author bases mennzies argument on three claims: InGavin Menzies offers a stunning reappraisal of history, presenting compelling new evidence on the European Renaissance, tracing its roots to China. Perth in Western Australia is sometimes mistaken for Perth in Scotland, and it happens for a reason. The Year China Discovered the Worldin which he asserts that the fleets of Chinese Admiral Zheng He visited the Americas prior to European explorer Christopher Columbus inand that the same fleet circumnavigated the globe a century before the expedition of Ferdinand Magellan.

But before I finish my rant, as promised, some out jumping around, because I realise you may have no idea what this book is about. Most or all of that argument may prove to be bunk, but that’s the nature of history.

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There are books that break new ground with bombshell research and there are books that spellbind us with the skill of their deception. Bonomi contacted the firm Midas Public Relations to mrnzies a major newspaper to run a 14221 article for Menzies’s book. There is an overwhelming amount of evidence presented–everything from ancient maps to European ship logs to shipwrecks to lingual analysis to plant migrations to DNA. The Storming of the Bastille May 15, But his brand of history as detective thriller, with clues being provided by a fascinated public, has its own peculiar momentum.


Extraordinary claims demand extraordinary evidence. He makes compelling if not always perfect arguments. There’s even an assertion that Navajo elders understand Chinese conversation, and an assertion that the Peruvian village name Chanchan must be Chinese because it sounds at least to him like “Canton”.

The worse the battering he gets from historians, the more people want to know what the fuss is all about. There’s just not enough evidence to prove otherwise. This book is heavily mired in controversy, and here’s why.

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My suspicion had been aroused even before I did my online checking. Either way, Menzies says that evidence of their arrival is scattered throughout the tradition, custom and art of American Indian tribes.

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InChina and Singapore were celebrating years of Zheng He by holding exhibits. You might have that certain relative in your family who is affable enough, but has some really weird ideas that he loves to go on about. Jan 30, Jeff Brown rated it did not like it Shelves: As there are many examples of ggavin revisions that were necessary because of new evidence or racism and bigotry in the original historical perspective, I can only guess that Gavin Menzies had reason to believe that his “evidence” wasn’t strong enough.

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