Building on the startling revelations of 1421, iconic historian Gavin Menzies explores the possibility that mankind made transcontinental voyages centuries before the supposed "discoveries" of European explorers.
With meticulous research and an adventurer's spirit, Menzies has uncovered astounding new evidence that calls into question everything about mankind's peopling of the American continents - from theories of ancient man's initial migration there to Columbus's fateful voyage. Traveling to the far-flung reaches of the earth, Menzies offers a revolutionary new alternative to the "Beringia" theory of how the human race crossed a land bridge connecting Asia and North America during the last Ice Age; in truth, ancient seafaring voyages had brought travelers to the Americas thousands of years prior.
WHO DISCOVERED AMERICA? is a fascinating new account with astonishing implications for the history of all mankind.
Some of Menzies's Staggering Claims:
- Mankind has been making transoceanic voyages as far back as 130,000 years ago, vastly pre-dating the supposed migration of mankind to the Americas during the last Ice Age
- The ancient South American civilisations of the Olmec and Maya in Central and South America may have had direct origins and influences from Asia
- Zheng He's fleets to the Eastern seaboard were only some of the most recent Chinese voyages to the Americas, having been pre-dated by thousands of years of such expeditions
- Ancient maps, currently held in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., show that there must have been sustained and dedicated voyages to the New World by Chinese explorers from 2200 BC
- Huge Chinese settlements occupied (and made exploratory journeys from) Nova Scotia
- Japanese, Korean, and even earlier European voyages likewise pre-dated the explorations currently recorded by history
- The great Kublai Khan's plans of conquest may have been much larger in scope than originally thought, and that he may have dispatched fleets to the Americas