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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Nauatl speaking groups lived on the west coast, and still do.

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Uncle Gavin wrote this book. If it is false, it’s junk and a waste of time to read. How interesting would menzifs be for America to have been discovered by the Chinese?

As instructed by the pope, Conti told gacin story of his travels to the humanist Poggio Bracciolini —who incorporated it into his De Varietate Fortunae, completed in So much for all that crap they taught us in school about who discovered America! And then, because they did this, the charts spread to Europe and gave them the boost they needed to go exploring and try to catch up to Chinese navigational superiority. 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 the area.

I’ll admit I have no idea. However, they also have an undoubted cartographic pedigree. The only problem Gavkn had with the book is that it gets repetitious towards the end, especially the epilogue that I found unnecessary since it just restates evidence from earlier in the book.

After about pages into it, I started noticing he wasn’t making as menzoes citations as he should menzeis. 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.


How Not to (Re)Write World History: Gavin Menzies and the Chinese Discovery of America

Also the remains of a culture emnzies the Florida coast being dated well before the first clovis point. So after reading about how the Chinese explorers rode their horses hundreds of kilometres inland from the Australian coast to mine for gold and iron and who knows what else, I noped my way firmly to the exit, following the path that dozens of reputable historians have forged before me.

It was Henry Adams, the novelist and historian, who said that history will die if not irritated. He also brings his narrative to life by recounting his own experiences in places visited by the fleets of Zheng He, including savoring rum toddies and roast lobster on Guadeloupe beaches, braving mennzies dangers of the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, and rounding the Cape of Good Hope into the South Atlantic.

Their five-storey north London home has become the hub of the history machine, with an entire room given over to files of evidence on the top floor and a team of four graduates working full-time in the basement. Given the cruelty of the conquests we saw by the Europeans, versus the kindness with which visited populations were treated by the Chinese fleet, it seems safe to predict that history might have turned out quite differently for the human race had that information of how to navigate the world remained in benevolent hands.

In his summary chapters the original “fact” is a certainty. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I am not some ivory tower type either, who gets all wound up because sources are vague, or a few of the facts might be slightly off. Thus does he move along around the world revealing what he would have us believe are facts. This to me is Menzies’ largest theoretical hole, large enough to sail a treasure ship through.

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. In his first two chapters pp. A scholarly account of this about-turn is given by Finlay 9.


Pseudoscience: Gavin Menzies: The Year China Discovered The World | The Baheyeldin Dynasty

Great premise though, intriguing at gavvin, quality printing, easy to read. Like, his entire premise is “I was in the navy, therefore I can read charts and most historians can’t. Their presence in east African waters in is well documented.

In it Menzies claims that in Chinese delegations reached Italy and brought books and globes that, to a great extent, launched the Renaissance.

Several other pieces of evidence have been shot down as well, from all I’ve read, and many of the maps and wrecks are not what they seem. At any rate, arrive at this conclusion he did, and spent the next fourteen years trying to put flesh on its rather insubstantial bones!

There is also the Mongol influence the Yuan Dynasty bringing information from the west. Sinai Egypt inwhen the Venetian was planning to return home p. I gave it one star for the few things I actually found interesting, but given the rest of the book it makes me want to double check even those. The two fleets then separated, one sailing eastwards across the Southern Ocean, touching Antarctica and Australia before heading back to China, while the other rounded Cape Horn and sailed north to the western shores of North America before returning to China.

Shortly after it set sail, the emperor died. Do you like pseudo-history from rank amateurs that draw wild conclusions from scant evidence while discounting, in almost all situations, the simplest explanation in favor of conspiracy theory level conclusions?