1421: The Year China Discovered America?

  • 2004

Two-part chronicle of the voyages of 15th-century Chinese admiral Zheng He, who circumnavigated the globe between 1421 and '23, according to British naval historian Gavin Menzies. In Part 1, Zheng He makes it to Africa with his "Starfleet" consisting of up to 300 ships (some perhaps more than 400 feet long---five times the length of Columbus's flagship) (more…)

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Two-part chronicle of the voyages of 15th-century Chinese admiral Zheng He, who circumnavigated the globe between 1421 and '23, according to British naval historian Gavin Menzies. In Part 1, Zheng He makes it to Africa with his "Starfleet" consisting of up to 300 ships (some perhaps more than 400 feet long---five times the length of Columbus's flagship) and some 28,000 sailors. The hour examines how the ships might have been built and the reasons for the missions: power projection and trade.

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