Exploring unchartered waters

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Gavin Menzies is making waves with his claim that early Chinese explorers pre-dated the discoveries of Christopher Columbus and Captain Cook </p><p>
Gavin Menzies is an unlikely source of the book his publisher claims will change history. A former Royal Navy officer, and a modest, unassuming man, his enthusiasm for history and travel has led him to some apparently remarkable discoveries about the first explorers of the "New World". </p><p>
Menzies' findings in 1421: The Year That China Discovered the World (Bantam Press, 4th November, &#163;20, 0593050789)--his first book--pushed him b...

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