Were Chinese explorers in America before Columbus?
Discover the evidence that may change history
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The history books would have us believe that on October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus was the first person to discover the Americas. But was he really? Well, according to an ancient map, a Chinese explorer named Zheng He predated Columbus by over 70 years!
Just how much do we know about this map and its supposed author? And is there any historical evidence to confirm these claims? In this gallery, we delve into the theory that states China reached the Americas first. Click on to learn all about it.
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