1421: The Year China Discovered America?

Overview

You've heard what the history books have to say about the discovery of America, but now prepare to have your entire perception of history forever altered with this remarkable release from PBS. Could it be that a fearless Chinese admiral actually discovered America nearly a century before Colombus made his historical landing at Plymouth Rock? Travel back to the year 1421 and follow the legendary Admiral Zheng as he and his formidable Ming fleet travel far and wide to explore little-visited outposts at the behest ...
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Overview

You've heard what the history books have to say about the discovery of America, but now prepare to have your entire perception of history forever altered with this remarkable release from PBS. Could it be that a fearless Chinese admiral actually discovered America nearly a century before Colombus made his historical landing at Plymouth Rock? Travel back to the year 1421 and follow the legendary Admiral Zheng as he and his formidable Ming fleet travel far and wide to explore little-visited outposts at the behest of Chinese emperor Zhu Di. Based on theories put forward by noted historian and best-seller Gavin Menzies, this thought-provoking take on conventional history proposes that it was Admiral Zheng who led European explorers to the West a whole 71 years after first setting foot on American soil.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/2004
  • UPC: 841887004497
  • Original Release: 2004
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  • Source: Pbs (Direct)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 62,842

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Larry Belling Voice Only
Technical Credits
David Wallace Director
William Cran Producer, Screenwriter
John Hollar Executive Producer
Eric Jones Executive Producer
Sun Shuyun Producer
Clive Syddall Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Introduction [1:14]
2. 1421: The Year China Discovered America? [5:18]
3. Menzies' Accidental Discovery [2:50]
4. Zheng He's Political Mission [11:22]
5. Weighing Anchor on the Sixth Voyage [4:25]
6. The Malacca Supply Base [4:26]
7. Along the Malabar Coast [6:35]
8. Navigating the Way to Arabia [11:14]
9. The Dark Continent [9:09]
10. The New Theories [2:52]
11. daConti and Mauro [6:39]
12. Menzies' Theory of the Route West [9:06]
13. Native American DNA [2:06]
14. The Newport Tower [3:01]
15. Back to Calicut With daConti [2:48]
16. Answering Menzies' Critics [3:56]
17. Problems With the 1424 Map [4:25]
18. Debating the Bimini Road Theory [4:25]
19. Deconstructing Other Parts of the Theory [7:01]
20. Reading Ancient Chinese [5:05]
21. Further Research [4:29]
22. Credits [:48]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    Please tell the nincompoop that wrote the blurb that Columbus NE

    Please tell the nincompoop that wrote the blurb that Columbus NEVER set
    foot on Plymouth Rock...I suppose that got lost in the narrative about
    screwing over the Indians and slavery and all the terrible things about
    America kids are taught today...makes you wonder.

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