1421, the Year China Discovered America?

1421, the Year China Discovered America?

DVD - 2004
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Did a daring Chinese admiral sailing the world's largest wooden armada reach America 71 years before Columbus? This program examines the mystery surrounding the sailing exploits of the legendary Admiral Zheng He and his 30-year command of a Ming fleet. Part one discusses his known voyages to Asia and Africa; part two discusses the controversial theory that he rounded the Cape of Good Hope, and sailed on to America.
Publisher: [Alexandria, Va.] : PBS Home Video, c2004
ISBN: 0793699487
9780793699483
Branch Call Number: DVD 910.951 FOU
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 120 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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LauraSteinert
Dec 04, 2017

If you think Europeans discovered the world you'll hate this. Menzies may take his conclusions a little too far at times, and American and European scholars dismiss him at every chance. Chinese scholars do not. I enjoyed the books much more than this film which (judging from the narator's tone) is apparently aimed at preteens. Two one hour programs on one disc.

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