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Ancient maps suggest China discovered America

Posted on Monday, 16 May, 2005 | Comment icon 14 comments

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"For more than a decade, seven fragile map books sat under Hendon Harris' bed battling dust and darkness."

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Comment icon #5 Posted by jsf35rino on 16 May, 2005, 22:42
i think the native americans discovered america first . so the europeans "discovering" it seems like a moot point.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Dan'O on 16 May, 2005, 23:54
The Spaniards, Egyptians, Chinese, Vikings, Nor the British "Discovered" America! We "Native Americans" were already here and we were not lost. I couldn't agree more zandore.
Comment icon #7 Posted by O True Believer on 17 May, 2005, 1:07
So if the chinese first discovered north america everything in history books are false
Comment icon #8 Posted by Sunlit_Coyote on 17 May, 2005, 2:32
OMGosh I have to learn History all over again ??
Comment icon #9 Posted by Dr. Strangehug on 17 May, 2005, 5:15
Aside from the Native Americans still running around killing each other with rocks tied onto was still a new place for the when we say..."the vikings, or whoever discovered America"....we obviously mean that the Europeans discovered America for the first time in their culture or history.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Mad Manfred on 17 May, 2005, 6:08
You know what? 4,200 years is a long time...long enough for Chinese explorers to discover America, colonize it, then forget it exists. Are there Native American paintings or artifacts before this period?
Comment icon #11 Posted by AztecInca on 17 May, 2005, 6:46
Well there is also thr theory that thr Chinese were the first to discover Australia many many years ago, so why not Anerica as well!
Comment icon #12 Posted by hamellr on 17 May, 2005, 19:33
Columbus was a fraud. 624038[/snapback] Columbus himself never claimed to have discovered America. He was working of Maps that showed North America as an Island. He was simply trying to circle around it far enough to get India. His biggest failure is that he mistook the Caribbean for the East Indies and until his death would never let anybody tell him other wise.
Comment icon #13 Posted by hamellr on 17 May, 2005, 19:36
You know what? 4,200 years is a long time...long enough for Chinese explorers to discover America, colonize it, then forget it exists. Are there Native American paintings or artifacts before this period? 625290[/snapback] Yes. By far. Mummies in Peru are dated to 12,000 years ago. "Burial" Mounds in Pennsylvania are dated to 6-8000 years ago. In Southern Oregon there is evidence up to 30,000 years old, and confirmed evidence of at least 15,000.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Mad Manfred on 18 May, 2005, 2:35
Okie dokie. Guess they've been there since the continents separated. That or they travelled down from Russia, into Canada and into the Americas during the last Ice Age.

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