Author Claims Chinese Visited Americas and Made Maps in 2200 BC

If you thought Gavin Menzies’s claim that the Chinese discovered America in 1421 was risible, if you thought Liu Gang’s purported 1418 map was a fraud, you’d better brace yourself: a Virginia author argues that the Chinese visited America around 2200 BC — and claims that there were charts existing from that time. It’s worth mentioning that this is about two thousand years before the first maps appeared in Western civilization, though I don’t know enough about Chinese cartography, so this claim strikes me as more than a bit dubious. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. Via MapHist.

Previously on the Menzies hypothesis: A Look Back at the Chinese Map Controversy; Chinese Map Media Briefing; Chinese Map Controversy: Liu Gang’s Press Conference; Experts Still Doubt Chinese Map’s Authenticity; 1421 Exposed: Scholars Respond to Liu and Menzies; Gavin Menzies in Australia.

Previously on world’s oldest maps: The Western World’s Oldest Map; The Other World’s Oldest Map; Is the Soleto Map a Forgery?