Author Makes Case for Age of Exploration Navigators Sailing on Chinese Maps

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – August 19 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Author Anatole Andro spent two-and-a-half years evaluating Chinese and European historical documents pertaining to the alleged Ming Chinese circumnavigation of the world one hundred years before the great European explorations. The author found that not only did such evidence exist, historians and investigators had knowledge of it. Many even commented on some of the evidence, then provided tenuous explanations for it, ignored it, or supplanted it.

Such historical records are not common, but neither are they obscure. However, because of the passing of time, their meanings have become blurred. For these the author provides explanations. An example is the reason of Portugal’s leadership in Renaissance exploration.

It has been long held that Portugal’s motive in going to sea was to seek a trade route to the Orient’s spice sources. Through detailed analyses the author convincingly argued that the real cause was simply that the Portuguese learned that it could be done, and the impetus could only have been furnished by the Chinese.

The reason we are mostly ignorant of the Chinese maritime programs, according to the author, is that the events took place at a time when European knowledge of the Orient was scant and imprecise. Although they recognized the influx of new technology, the evidence of which is preserved and presented in this book, they could not make out the source of the information, and even if they did, they had little interest in it. By the time the Europeans became the masters of the high seas, China had already receded into obscurity. There was no longer any reason to consider an Asian origin of the Age of Exploration.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Anatole Andro normally writes about technology. He is also an internationalist and a lifelong scholar and researcher of archeology, anthropology, history, and linguistics.

BOOK SUMMARY:
Title: The 1421 Heresy, An Investigation Into the Ming Chinese Maritime Survey of the World
Author: Anatole Andro
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1420873490
5×9 hardcover, 400 pp., 338 B&W illustrations, $27.95

The book will be available to retail and e-tail outlets as early as the first part of September through the standard distribution channels such as Ingram Book Group.

Information: www.1421heresy.com

News issued by: Anatole Andro, Author

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