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1421 : the year China discovered the world

Author: Gavin Menzies
Publisher: London ; New York : Bantam, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"On 8 March 1421 the largest fleet the world had ever seen sailed from its base in China. The ships, huge junks nearly five hundred feet long and built from the finest teak, were under the command of Emperor Zhu Di's loyal eunuch admirals. Their mission was 'to proceed all the way to the end of the earth to collect tribute from the barbarians beyond the seas' and unite the whole world in Confucian harmony. Their  Read more...
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Named Person: He Zheng; He Zheng
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gavin Menzies
ISBN: 0593050789 9780593050781 0553815229 9780553815221
OCLC Number: 50493895
Description: xix, 520 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: I. Imperial China --
1. The Emperor's Grand Plan --
2. A Thunderbolt Strikes --
3. The Fleets Set Sail --
II. The Guiding Stars --
4. Rounding the Cape --
5. The New World --
III. The Voyage of Hong Bao --
6. Voyage to Antarctica and Australia --
IV. The Voyage of Zhou Man --
7. Australia --
8. The Barrier Reef and the Spice Islands --
9. The First Colony in the Americas --
10. Colonies in Central America --
V. The Voyage of Zhou Wen --
11. Satan's Island --
12. The Treasure Fleet Runs Aground --
13. Settlement in North America --
14. Expedition to the North Pole --
Pt. VI. The Voyage of Yang Qing --
15. Solving the Riddle --
VII. Portugal Inherits the Crown --
16. Where the Earth Ends --
17. Colonizing the New World --
18. On the Shoulders of Giants --
Epilogue: The Chinese Legacy --
App. 1. Chinese Circumnavigation of the World 1421-3 --
App. 2. Eyewitness Diaries --
App. 3. Key Charts --
App. 4. The Determination of Longitude --
App. 5. Further Information on Website.
Responsibility: Gavin Menzies.

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On 8 February 1421 the largest fleet the world had ever seen sailed from China, commanded by Emperor Zhu Di to go to the "end of the earth". Their journey would last over two years and circle the  Read more...

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