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The Chinese Origin of the Age of Discovery (in traditional Chinese characters) by Chao C. Chien

The Chinese Origin of the Age of Discovery (in traditional Chinese characters)

by Chao C. Chien

308 pages
The true history of the Age of Discovery fully documented.

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About the Book
The likely real history of the Age of Discovery has been recovered, and is fully documented. Extant ancient European maps and documents of the Age of Discovery have been meticulously researched and analyzed to arrive at the unexpected but clear reconstruction. The evidence is shown in over 300 illustrations. Debates on the subject have raged for years. The new research promises to settle the dispute once and for all, or inflame the issue in a big way.

During the early years of the Chinese Ming Dynasty a civil war broke out. At the end of the four-year-long conflict the princely uncle was victorious over his nephew emperor. Upon ascending the throne the new emperor Chengzu immediately launched the greatest maritime enterprise the world had seen. A new fleet, under the command of the legendary Admiral Zheng He, a close confidante eunuch of the emperor, was constructed to accommodate a 30,000 strong military entourage to go after the ex-emperor, thought to have gone on the lam.

The Ming fleet scoured the oceans for 27 years, but the entire enterprise, a personal project of the new emperor, was shrouded in secrecy, with little formal records of it in official history. Consequently scholars had to speculate on the events. It is generally assumed that Zheng He roamed around the Indian Ocean to spread goodwill and broadcast the grandeur of Imperial Ming. However, extant European records show that the Ming fleet in fact went around the southern tip of Africa, now called the Cape of Good Hope, and entered the Atlantic Ocean, known as the Mare Oceanus at the time. Evidence also suggests that the Ming fleet stopped by the northwestern corner of Africa around the year 1420, where they aroused the attention of Prince Henry the Navigator of Portugal. Since then, with newly acquired sea charts of the Atlantic showing previously unknown lands, Portugal launched its own ocean-going program. It replicated the Chinese junk and began sailing down the West African coast. The stories of Dias and da Gama are familiar.

Christopher Columbus got a hold of such charts, as evinced by preserved hand-drawn sketches, and went to sea, eventually leading to the “discovery” and colonizing of the New Worlds. In 1521 Magellan came across a map showing the southern tip of South America. He is now recognized as the discoverer of the Strait of Magellan and the first man to circumnavigate the world.

Europeans then went on to conquer much of the world, while the Chinese, beset by internal political intrigues, have forgotten their heritage. The Europeans did not properly document their exploits either, and as a result imagined much of the glorious history of the time. Yet European literature and maps of the period clearly show lands of the world before they were “discovered,” and they were full of Chinese place names.

The currently accepted history of the Age of Discovery is largely a fabrication. The true history, however, is now known.


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About the Author
Chao C. Chien a graduate of the U. of Michigan School of Engineering, once senior analyst at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and computer consultant, Chien is now a full-time researcher in ancient history of questionable veracity. His works on the Age of Discovery have cast doubt on what is now taught.



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