Documentary Tuesday: “1421: The Year China Discovered America?”

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Did Chinese explorers beat Columbus?

That’s the thesis of a book by Gavin Menzies – and this subsequent film – that China discovered the so-called “New World” seven decades before Christopher Columbus stumbled upon it. (It should be noted that immediately upon its publication, Menzies and his book were widely discredited by  historians and scholars.)

Take a look, see what you think.

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Christopher Pierznik’s eight books are available in paperback and Kindle. His work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business Insider, The Cauldron, Medium, and many more. Subscribe to his monthly reading review newsletter or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.

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