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204. Did China Discover America in 1421?

May 03, 2023
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Let’s pause our series chronology and Backtrack to elaborate on a theory first mentioned in an earlier program when searching for the first non-indigenous explorers to reach the North American continent prior to Christopher Columbus’ 1492 voyage. The theory involves a Chinese fleet led by Admiral Zheng He (1371–1433) arriving in North America in 1421. Laszlo Montgomery of The China History podcast shares his unique views on this fascinating theory.

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1421: The Year China Discovered America by Gavin Menzies available at  
1434: The Year a Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance by Gavin Menzies available at     
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