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(October 24, 2007) Very interesting. Since I live and travel in the Western U.S., I find this book very interesting. I think it goes hand-in-hand with 1421: The Year China Discovered America by Gavin Menzies. It's time for historians to open their minds more to explorers other than those coming from western Europe. More
1421: The Year China Discovered America
Gavin Menzies (amazon.com)
When the fleet returned home in October 1423, the Chinese 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 the long, self-imposed Chinese isolation that followed was the knowledge that Chinese ships had reached America 70 years before Columbus and had circumnavigated the globe a century before Magellan.
And they [and Buddhism] colonized America before the Europeans [and Christianity], transplanting the principal economic crops that have since fed and clothed the world. More