His expedition went ashore the same day and claimed the land for Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain, who sponsored his attempt to find a western ocean route to China, India, and the fabled gold and spice islands of Asia. Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy, in Little is known of his early life, but he worked as a seaman and then a maritime entrepreneur. He became obsessed with the possibility of pioneering a western sea route to Cathay China , India, and the gold and spice islands of Asia.
Columbus reaches the New World
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HISTORY books in 23 countries may need to be rewritten in the light of new evidence that Chinese explorers had discovered most parts of the world by the midth century. Next week, an amateur historian will expound his theory - backed up by charts, ancient artefacts and anthropological research - that when Columbus discovered America in , he was 72 years too late. Instead, according to Gavin Menzies, a former submarine commanding officer who has spent 14 years charting the movements of a Chinese expeditionary fleet between and , the eunuch admiral, Zheng He, was there first. According to Menzies, it was Zheng He, in his colossal multi-masted ships stuffed with treasure, silks and porcelain, who made the first circumnavigation of the world, beating the Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan by a century. Spanish fury as Columbus replicas are left to rot. Menzies will present his findings at the Royal Geographical Society on March 15 before an invited audience of more than diplomats, academics, naval officers and publishers.
China: First to Discover the New World?
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Historians usually attribute the early migration to North America to one of two theories. According to the first, hunters crossed the Bering Strait from Siberia to Alaska via a land bridge that was created when the level of the Bering Sea fell by several hundred feet during the last ice age. A complete connection between Asia and North America existed until about 10, BCE, when time and tide created the original bridge to nowhere. The second theory imagines that these hunters made their way earlier to Alaska by boat and continued ever southward along the coastline. In either case most historians believe both methods of travel were used , these folks arrived during several different time periods, maybe beginning as early 35, years ago but definitely by 13, years ago.