Thursday, January 18, 2007

Believe It Or Not: The 1421 Theory

Just wondering how many of you have read this book and what you thought of it. I have to say I was intrigued by the theory. Some of my friends are highly doubtful.

For those of you who haven't read it, it theorizes that the Chinese visited America before the Columbus journey. There is another version of the title of the book that is sold here that 1421 was the year the Chinese discovered the whole world.

If anything, it asks a lot of questions that could really use a good answer. Maybe too broad in its scope but it nevertheless boldly asks the question 'if'.

An important thing to note is that Menzies is not a historian by profession but a former submarine captain for the British navy. He claims his knowledge of ocean travel gives him a vantage point to look at history from a perspective that no historian could, that is, how to navigate the currents using the stars.

I think a lot of Columbus historians, having staked their entire research on the validity of the Columbus voyage, will be very pissed if their research is proved incorrect. They have a lot to gain by disproving Menzies' theory. We'll see who wins the battle in the years to come...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1421:_The_Year_China_Discovered_the_World
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