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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Menzies writes, for example: As the author acknowledges in his introduction, later Ming Dynasty rulers destroyed all records documenting the sea voyages made by the Chinese during Zheng He’s rule.
Even though they knew there were countries there they could menzes with. A separate examination of these sites would be needed to distinguish between old-style anecdotal history and scientifically investigated archaeological sites.
Wrecked ships off India, or eastern Africa, or Australia simply do not prove that Chinese people built the Bimini Road in the Caribbean to get their ships on land for repairs or had a settlement on Kenzies I am not kidding.
It reads like an historical mystery novel, which is sort of what it is.
Now that I’ve finished it, I find myself pretty skeptical. 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. Paperbackpages. A lot of ships have be dug up from the ocean floor, for starters.
If the Chinese had landed in the Americas — let alone traded with and governed the people they found there, wouldn’t direct evidence of their presence remain? He misrepresents the scholarship of others, and he frequently fails to cite those from whom he borrows. At this encounter with real science I had read past the middle of the book but, feeling duped, stopped reading. At any rate, arrive at this conclusion he did, and spent the next fourteen years trying to put flesh on its rather insubstantial bones!
Either way, Menzies says that evidence of their arrival is scattered throughout the tradition, custom and art of American Indian tribes. If you want to read this as a science and historic book I will give this 1 star – for it’s obvious not.
Aug 06, Shira rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was accused of manufacturing the evidence.
I found no reason to continue reading. There is no evidence that the Chinese ever employed this 14211 technique. Menzies concluded that they had been recently discovered, and was convinced that they represented Puerto Rico and Guadeloupe, the latter because it had lettering indicating an active volcano.
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It may be added that the HMS Rorqual, the submarine that Menzies briefly commanded, experienced its only collision under his steerage. Navigation Site map Tag Cloud Recent content.
Gavin Menzies has some very creative interpretations and some pretty convincing evidence, especially finding Chinese genomes in people at various points along the routes he proposes for the Chinese fleet.
My suspicion had been aroused even before I did my online checking. In which case you then are not making any money. Menzies was born in London, England, and his family moved to China when he was three weeks old. A book review by John Wills mentions the PBS program, and how Menzies is cross-examined on camera, politely but firmly, and several times has to admit that he may be mistaken on a particular point. The finished copy of the book was published in as 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.
Menzies retired the following year, and stood unsuccessfully as an independent candidate in Wolverhampton South West during the United Kingdom general electionwhere—standing against Enoch Powell —he called for unrestricted immigration to Great Britain, drawing 0.
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The flotilla of ships splits up into many, many routes, and basically not only returns some of the envoys, but carries on to discover almost the entire world, from Antarctica to Greenland, both coasts of Africa and South America, North America, the Azores, Caper Verde, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand.
But despite all of this evidence and even morehistorians aren’t rushing to rewrite the history books. When Columbus returned to Lisbon after his first voyage, it was rumored that he had found the mythical lost land of Antilliawhich in time was transformed into a chain of islands known as the Greater and Lesser Antilles.
They certainly had the navy, the navigational skills no worse than the Europeansand the funding and ingenuity to accomplish it.
He claims in interviews to have been ousted by the scientific establishment – in reality, if you read the scientific reviews of his work, scholars simply subjected his work to the same standards to which they subject their own work. But 14221 is no substantiated evidence that they rounded the Cape of Good Hope. I found myself wondering throughout this book, how the hell this guy made the conclusions he did.
The Chinese were experienced horsemen for centuries, if not millennia, prior to the European age of exploration, and it’s logical that were they to make an expedition to the Americas, they would have brought their valuable horses with them.
To this extent, it’s all true. Great premise though, intriguing at first, quality printing, easy to read. If this were half as long and half as crazy, it might be worth a perusal.