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Re: Cheng Ho

I don't know what is so new about the idea that the Chineese sailed to
America before the Europeans. I read an article in an airline magazine on
this  while on a plane enroute to Hawaii in the mid nineties. It didn't
surprise me then. The article sited words in Native American languages which
were almost identical to the Chineese. Even, if I recall correctly, a word
for ship which sounded remarkably like "junk". Given the knowledge that all
human life sprang from one individual, and that Asian races miagrated to the
Western Hemisphere centuries, or even millennia before Europeans, why would
this theory be so hard to swallow. Would it make that much difference if
their ships came before Columbus, or even before Henry and the Zenos? I
thought this was about discovery of the Europeans of the new world, which
was already populated by Mongoloid peoples which were so near the the Asians
that the Eurpopeans reportedly did not know the difference.


-----Original Message-----
From: John S. Quarterman <jsq@quarterman.org>
To: sinclair@quarterman.org <sinclair@quarterman.org>
Date: Monday, March 11, 2002 5:25 PM
Subject: Cheng Ho

>``Did the Chinese beat Columbus?
>Historian claims that Chinese ships reached America in 1400s
>LONDON, March 9 -- Is it goodbye Columbus? A British historian's claim

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