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China's Controversial Pre-Columbus 1418 Map? 
25th-Mar-2006 12:45 am
There is an academic controversy in China. It revolves around a map allegedly copied by a Chinese cartographer in 1763 from a purportedly unfound original 1418 map made by Chinese explorer Zheng He showing that he discovered America before Columbus. On one side are the naysayers saying that the map isn't authentic. On the other side are those who point to the results of carbon dating tests.

I'm betting this won't ever be settled unless the original is found.

x-posted from eye_on_china
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27th-Mar-2006 01:52 am (UTC)
It's too bad they won't show a picture of it.
25th-Mar-2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
My brother Vikings still beat that date out!

Siberians or Polynesians found it first to be technical.

But I have heard of this before, I think they landed in S. America according to the legend.
25th-Mar-2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
There's significant cultural, genetic and mythological evidence that the first humans in the Americas (actually in South America) were from Australia, around 40-50,000 years ago. They were apparently wiped out by the technologically-superior (ex-)Siberians coming via North America around 10-20,000 years ago, IIRC. There's a small group of (mostly) genetically Australian indians still surviving at the very tip of South America. Unfortunately, their language became extinct (and was replaced by Spanish) before modern linguistics could analyse it.
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