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    Re: Menzies and Zheng He
    From: Doug
    Date: 2002 Mar 17, 22:19 EST

    There was an article in The New York Times (either 3/16 or 3/17) about the
    Menzies theory.  Much of his info has yet to come out but he writes that
    "Using the program Starry Night, he recreated the star positions of that
    time.  Then, to try and anchor the stars to the old maps, he drew a
    perpendicular line from a star in the Southern Cross to Deception Island off
    the tip of South America. The current maps suddenly line up with current
    coastlines to an uncanny degree, showing the Chinese must have gotten that
    far west and south."
    He also says that the Venetian Merchant Nicola da Conti may have travelled
    with Admiral Zheng and he might have taken the documents (maps?) out of China
    and back to Europe.
    Hope this helps
    Doug Sheer

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