Thursday, January 12, 2006

Was China First?

It seems more likely that the world and all its continents were discovered by a Chinese admiral named Zheng He, whose fleets roamed the oceans between 1405 and 1435. His exploits, which are well documented in Chinese historical records, were written about in a book which appeared in China around 1418 called "The Marvellous Visions of the Star Raft".

Next week, in Beijing and London, fresh and dramatic evidence is to be revealed to bolster Zheng He's case.

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Anonymous utron said...

I have a ton of respect for Zheng He, but if he sailed around Cape Horn in 1418 I'll devour that map with soy sauce and a side of won tons.

Whatever the cartographer says about his sources, that map reflects what a knowledgeable Chinese scholar would have known about world geography in 1763. Interesting, but a long, long way from earth-shaking.

January 13, 2006 10:37 AM  
Blogger Chilperic said...

Doesn't much matter. The Vikings still beat the Chinese and Columbus by several hundred years, give or take.

January 13, 2006 3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought the Indians beat everyone - they apparently walked across from Asia over the land bridge which is now underwater!

March 29, 2006 4:36 AM  

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