1421-1423 Chinese Treasure Fleets

Popular author Gavin Menzies has written four eye-opening books about crossing the Ocean Sea — as well as all the seas. The first book, 1421: The Year China Discovered America(1), explains his theory that the Chinese established settlements in the New World some eighty years before Columbus arrived. The other books point out evidence that other cultures may have been here. You can read Menzies’ books(1-4) if you want to know more. Basically, Mr. Menzies supports what we have been saying all along.

There are countless archaeological findings throughout the new world that indicate non-native cultures reached America before Columbus did. Like the drawings on the Mysterious Dighton Rock (see our last article), there are as many theories about just who those people were. They could have been Chinese, Vikings, Bronze-age Minoans, tempest-driven Europeans, or Neolithic hunters and gatherers who could travel from continent to continent when the earth was warmer. Maybe they were all of the above. We have to keep our minds open.

This webBook covers only some of the theories and concentrates on the Portuguese. It is a fact that the Chinese Fleets traveled far and wide between 1421 and 1423. Did they leave chickens, children and technology in America? My opinion is, highly likely. The ocean currents pushed Chinese ships as easily as Portuguese ships. We know the Portuguese had delegates in China. Did the delegates learn about Western lands from the Chinese?

The crucial map that Menzies points to is one we were already looking at, Zuane Pizigano’s map of 1424. Of particular interest is the large rectangular shaped island to the west. That map, and several others produced the same year, announced the discovery of a large land to the west. We’ve already discussed Manuel Luciano da Silva’s theory that it was Newfoundland. Henriette Mertz, in her book Atlantis(5), explains how it was the southeastern corner of today’s United States? Mensies has determined the island was Puerto Rico. We will write more about this later.

Unfortunately for the Portuguese, they ignored all this information to head west and concentrated on forging eastward instead.


  1. Menzies, Gavin. 1421: The Year China Discovered America, Harper | Perennial, New York, London, Toronto, Sydney, New Delhi & Auckland, 2002, 2003, 2004, reissued 2008
  2. Menzies, Gavin. 1434, The year a Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 2008
  3. Menzies, Gavin. The Lost Empire of Atlantis: The astonishing true story of the rise and violent end of the Minoans, the forgotten ancient civilization that discovered America and sparked the Atlantis legend, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, New York 2011
  4. Menzies, Gavin. & Hudson, Ian. Who Discovered America? The Untold History of the Peopling of the Americas, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, New York 2013
  5. Mertz, Henriette. Atlantis: Dwelling Place of the Gods, published by Henriette Mertz, Box 207 Loop Station, Chicago, Illinois 60690, 1976 ISBN 0-9600952-3-3
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