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Rowan Gavin Paton Menzies (born 14 August 1937) is a British author and retired submarine lieutenant-commander who has written books promoting claims that the Chinese sailed to America before Columbus. Historians have rejected Menzies' theories and assertions and have categorised his work as pseudohistory.
He is best known for his controversial book "1421: The Year China Discovered the World", in which he asserts that the fleets of Chinese Admiral Zheng He visited the Americas prior to European explorer Christopher Columbus in 1492, and that the same fleet circumnavigated the globe a century before the expedition of Ferdinand Magellan. Menzies' second book, "1434: The Year a Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance" extended his discovery hypothesis to the European continent. In his third book, "The Lost Empire of Atlantis", Menzies claims that Atlantis did exist, in the form of the Minoan Civilization, and that it maintained a global seaborne empire extending to the shores of America and India, millennia before actual contact in the "Age of Discovery".
1421: The Year China Discovered America by Menzies Gavin
On March 8, 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen set sail from China. Its mission was "to proceed all the way to the ends of the earth to collect tribute from the barbarians beyond the seas" and unite the whole world in Confucian harmony. When it returned in October 1423, the emperor had fallen, leaving China in political and economic chaos. The great ships were left to rot at their moorings and the records of their journeys were destroyed. Lost in China's long, self-imposed isolation that followed was the knowledge that Chinese ships had reached America seventy years before Columbus and had circumnavigated the globe a century before Magellan. Also concealed was how the Chinese colonized America before the Europeans and transplanted in America and other countries the principal economic crops that have fed and clothed the world. Unveiling incontrovertible evidence of these astonishing voyages, 1421 rewrites our understanding of history. Our knowledge of world exploration as it has been commonly accepted for centuries must now be reconceived due to this landmark work of historical investigation.
1434: The Year a Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance by Menzies Gavin
The brilliance of the Renaissance laid the foundation of the modern world. Textbooks tell us that it came about as a result of a rediscovery of the ideas and ideals of classical Greece and Rome. But now bestselling historian Gavin Menzies makes the startling argument that in the year 1434, China--then the world's most technologically advanced civilization--provided the spark that set the European Renaissance ablaze. From that date onward, Europeans embraced Chinese ideas, discoveries, and inventions, all of which form the basis of Western civilization today. The New York Times bestselling author of 1421 combines a long-overdue historical reexamination with the excitement of an investigative adventure, bringing the reader aboard the remarkable Chinese fleet as it sails from China to Cairo and Florence, and then back across the world. Erudite and brilliantly reasoned, 1434 will change the way we see ourselves, our history, and our world.
The Lost Empire of Atlantis: The Secrets of History's Most Enduring Mystery Revealed by Menzies Gavin
"Tremendous. This guy has done history like you would not believe." Glenn Beck The secrets of history's most enduring mystery are finally revealed in The Lost Empire of Atlantis. Through impeccable research and intelligent speculation, Gavin Menzies, the New York Times bestselling author of 1421, uncovers the truth behind the mysterious "lost" city of Atlantismaking the startling claim that the "Atlanteans" discovered America 4,000 years ago and ruled a vast Mediterranean empire that was violently destroyed in 1,500 BC. Forget everything you've ever thought about the Atlantis legendGavin Menzies will make you a believer!
Who Discovered America? The Untold History of the Peopling of the Americas by Menzies Gavin
Greatly expanding on his blockbuster 1421, distinguished historian Gavin Menzies uncovers the complete untold history of how mankind came to the Americas offering new revelations and a radical rethinking of the accepted historical record in Who Discovered America?The iconoclastic historian s magnum opus, Who Discovered America? calls into question our understanding of how the American continents were settled, shedding new light on the well-known discoveries of European explorers, including Christopher Columbus. In Who Discovered America? he combines meticulous research and an adventurer s spirit to reveal astounding new evidenceof an ancient Asian seagoing tradition most notably the Chinese that datesas far back as 130,000 years ago.Menzies offers a revolutionary new alternative to the Beringia theory of how humans crossed a land bridge connecting Asia and North America during the last Ice Age, and provides a wealth of staggering claims, that hold fascinating and astonishing implications for the history of mankind.
Millstone Valley by Gavin Menzies
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