1421 : the year China discovered America / Gavin Menzies.  (Text) (Text)

Menzies, Gavin
Call no.: G322 .M46 2003Publication: New York, NY : William Morrow, 2003Edition: 1st U.S. edDescription: xix, 552 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), mapsNotes: Reprint. Originally published: Great Britain : Transworld Publishers, 2002. ISBN: 0060537639 (hbk.); 9780060537630 (hbk.); 9780061564895; 0061564893; 0965731286 (pbk.); 9780965731287 (pbk.)Other title: Year China discovered America [Portion of title] | Fourteen twenty-oneSubject(s): Discoveries in geography -- ChineseVoyages around the worldChina -- History -- Ming dynasty, 1368-1644LOC classification: G322 | .M46 2003
Contents:List of maps and diagrams -- List of plates -- Chinese nomenclature -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- [pt.] 1. Imperial China -- 1.The Emperor's grand plan -- 2. A thunderbolt strikes -- 3.The fleets set sail -- [pt.] 2.The guiding stars -- 4.Rounding the Cape -- 5.The New World -- [pt.] 3.The voyage of Hong Bao -- 6.Voyage to Antarctica and Australia -- [pt.] 4.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 -- [pt.] 5.The 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 -- [pt.] 6.The voyage of Yang Qing -- 15. Solving the riddle -- [pt.] 7.Portugal inherits the crown -- 16.Where the earth ends -- 17.Colonizing the New World -- 18.On the shoulders of giants -- Epilogue : the Chinese legacy -- Postscript -- appendix 1. Chinese circumnavigation of the world, 1421-3 : index of supporting evidence -- appendix 2.Eyewitness diaries -- appendix 3. Key charts describing the first navigation of the world -- appendix 4.The determination of longitude -- appendix 5.Further information on website -- Notes -- Select bibliography -- Index.
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Reprint. Originally published: Great Britain : Transworld Publishers, 2002.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 509-536) and index.

List of maps and diagrams -- List of plates -- Chinese nomenclature -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- [pt.] 1. Imperial China -- 1.The Emperor's grand plan -- 2. A thunderbolt strikes -- 3.The fleets set sail -- [pt.] 2.The guiding stars -- 4.Rounding the Cape -- 5.The New World -- [pt.] 3.The voyage of Hong Bao -- 6.Voyage to Antarctica and Australia -- [pt.] 4.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 -- [pt.] 5.The 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 -- [pt.] 6.The voyage of Yang Qing -- 15. Solving the riddle -- [pt.] 7.Portugal inherits the crown -- 16.Where the earth ends -- 17.Colonizing the New World -- 18.On the shoulders of giants -- Epilogue : the Chinese legacy -- Postscript -- appendix 1. Chinese circumnavigation of the world, 1421-3 : index of supporting evidence -- appendix 2.Eyewitness diaries -- appendix 3. Key charts describing the first navigation of the world -- appendix 4.The determination of longitude -- appendix 5.Further information on website -- Notes -- Select bibliography -- Index.

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