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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,434 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gavin Menzies Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On March 8, 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen set sail from China. Its mission was "to proceed all the way to the ends of the earth to collect tribute from the barbarians beyond the seas" and unite the whole world in Confucian harmony.

When it returned in October 1423, the emperor had fallen, leaving China in political and economic chaos. The great ships were left to rot at their moorings and the records of their journeys were destroyed. Lost in China's long, self-imposed isolation that followed was the knowledge that Chinese ships had reached America seventy years before Columbus and had circumnavigated the globe a century before Magellan. Also concealed was how the Chinese colonized America before the Europeans and transplanted in America and other countries the principal economic crops that have fed and clothed the world.

Unveiling incontrovertible evidence of these astonishing voyages, 1421 rewrites our understanding of history. Our knowledge of world exploration as it has been commonly accepted for centuries must now be reconceived due to this landmark work of historical investigation.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Saul Dunning | 2/18/2014

    " Wish I could remember who I loaned this too .... Would live to re-read it !!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Graham | 2/13/2014

    " An astonishing mountain's-worth of evidence that the Chinese sailed, not just to America, but all over the world, well before Columbus. It was an exciting book--you could tell the author loved his project. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Craig | 2/8/2014

    " Unbelievably well researched account of the voyages of the Chinese treasure ship fleets in the early Ming dynasty. He proves beyond much doubt that the fleets methodically explored, mapped and landed colonies around the Americas 70 years before Columbus and that Columbus had maps showing, at least, some of the Caribbean islands before he set sail. Later Chinese rulers purposely destroyed almost all the evidence of these voyages 100 years later, which accounts for the erroneous credit given to early European explorers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Foggygirl | 2/3/2014

    " I thought that this was the most interesting history book that I have ever read. Who knew that the Chinese discovered America! "

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