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1421:The year CHINA DISCOVERED THE WORLD

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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??loyal eunuch admirals. Their orders were ?? proceed all the way to the end of the earth?
  The voyage would last for two years and by the time the fleet returned, China was beginning its long, self-imposed isolation from the world it had so recently embraced. And so the great ships were left to rot, and the records of their journey destroyed. And with them, the knowledge that the Chinese had circumnavigated the globe a century before Magellan, reached America seventy years before Columbus, and Australia three hundred and fifty years before Cook.
  The result of fifteen years research, 1421 is Gavin Menzies?enthralling account of this remarkable journey, of his discoveries and persuasive evidence to support them: ancient maps, precise navigational knowledge, astronomy, surviving accounts of Chinese explorers and later European navigators as well as the traces the fleet left behind ?from sunken remains to votive offerings left by the Chinese sailors wherever they landed, giving thanks to Shao Lin, goddess of the sea.
  Revised and updated with new material ?including evidence of an entire Chinese fleet wrecked on New Zealand??South Island ?for this paperback edition, 1421 is a brilliant, epoch-making work of historical detection that radically alters our understanding of world exploration and rewrites history itself.
?br />?br />?br />【Index】
LIST OF MAPS AND DIAGRAMS
LISTT OF PLATES
CHINESE NOMENCLATURE
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
INTRODUCTION
Ⅰ Imperial China
1 THE EMPEROR'S GRAND PLAN
2 A THUNDERBOLT STRIKES
3 THE FLEETS SET SAIL
Ⅱ The Guilding Stars
1 ROUNDING THE CAPE
2 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
ⅤThe 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
Ⅵ The Voyage of Yang Qing
15 SOLVING THE RIDDLE
Ⅶ Portugal Inherits the Crown
16 WHERE THE EARTH END
17 COLONIZING THE NEW WORLD
18 ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANS
EPILOGUE:THE CHINEE LEGACY
POSTSCRIPT
APPENDICES
1 CHINESE CIRCUMANAVIGATION OF THE WORLD 1421-3:Synopsis of Evidence
2 THE DETERMINATION OF LONGITUDE
NOTES
INDEX
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