Gavin Menzies in Australia

Gavin Menzies, he of the hypothesis that the Chinese discovered America and the prime supporter of Liu Gang’s purported 1418/1763 map, will be in Australia this week to give a lecture at the University of Melbourne, according to tomorrow’s edition of The Australian’s Higher Education supplement. Geoff Wade, the most prominent English-language critic of the map, is none too happy about this: “It is precisely the wrong way to put Australian history on the map. And indeed, it is the historical mapping of Australia that is at stake.” Definitely read the whole thing. Via MapHist.

See previous entries: 1421 Exposed: Scholars Respond to Liu and Menzies; Experts Still Doubt Chinese Map’s Authenticity; Chinese Map Controversy: Liu Gang’s Press Conference; Chinese Map Media Briefing; A Look Back at the Chinese Map Controversy.