1421 - The year the Chinese discovered the world.
When I first read about this, it piqued my interest (I've always
found history interesting) so I read every piece of article that
came my way, including the book. I also subscribed to their
newsletter that keeps subscribers informed of their latest
discoveries and so forth.
The "1421 exhibition" is going around the world and the last stop
was in Singapore. It was a walk-in, larger than life showcase of
Zheng He's travels, and helped to raise awareness of the importance
of these voyages.
For Malaysians who miss the exhibition in Singapore, there is good
news as the exhibition has now moved to the Cheng Ho Cultural Museum
in historic Malacca. It is hoped that it will from there travel the
world in the wake of Zheng He.
This year, the book has been published in Finland, Estonia and
Mainland China. A French edition is expected in Spring 2006.
There will be a film made and Warner Brothers has acquired
the motion picture rights to 1421, and are aiming to produce two
films, the first of which it is hoped will be released in 2008.
The 1421 team will be busy in 2006 with the notification of
"Zheng He's Integrated Map of the World, 1418."
The map, drawn decades before Columbus, da Gama and Magellan set sail, shows the whole world with extraordinary accuracy. Each continent of the world has remarkable geographical features with near correct general contours and position. All oceans of the world are displayed, as are many major rivers and innumerable islands. The map will be made public on January 17th 2006, so please watch this space!
See if these fascinate you too:
Urn found in Nevada
Coin dug out of an embankment at Ocean Park, BC
Chinese cast brass artefact found in Northwestern Australia.
It was found with Chinese pottery and an opium pipe.
Painting of Chinese Junk in California
Cave paintings of Chinese junks in Thailand
Chinese figures on Spanish Church
Get a glimpse of voyages and maps here:
Info on New World discoveries