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1421 : the year China discovered the world

Author: Gavin Menzies
Publisher: London : Bantam, 2002
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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On 8 March 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen set sail from China. The ships, some nearly five hundred feet long, 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 world in Confucian harmony. Their journey would last for over two years and take them  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: He Zheng
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gavin Menzies
ISBN: 0553815229 9780553815221 0593050789 9780593050781
OCLC Number: 52738901
Description: 649 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), color maps, color portraits ; 20 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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In 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen set sail from China under the command of Emperor Zhu Di's loyal eunuch admirals. But by the time they returned home, Zhu Di had lost control and  Read more...

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