Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Chinese, not Columbus, Discovered New World!

(Forget the natives and Vikings, they don't count.)

An accurate world map was found in Shanghai which was drawn in 1418, 74 years before Columbus sailed the ocean blue. If this is authentic, and the Chinese claim it is, it means that a Chinese explorer circumnavigated the world and charted the Americas at the beginning of the 15th century. It would have had to have been a good ship, and not just a piece of
junk (*sigh*).

It was bought by a map collector in a shop for $500 US. This is why it is important to go to old book stores, you never what treasure you'll find... much to the chagrin of my wife, who thinks thousands of books take up valuable space in a house. Please.

Read the whole story
here.