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    Menzies and Zheng He
    From: Rob Gendreau
    Date: 2002 Mar 17, 19:01 -0800

    An amateur historian presented a paper to the Royal Geographic Society
    recently arguing that Zheng He, a Chinese admiral, circumnavigated the
    world well before western explorers (see http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-
    bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/03/17/MN127279.DTL for
    example).
    
    Interesting theory, but what especially caught my eye was that he used
    the program Starry Night and his knowledge of nav (ex-submariner I
    believe) to recreate routes. He also argues the Chinese had charts
    before the Portuguese got ahold of the info and made their own. Anyone
    know any details about this?
    
    Rob
    
    
    

       
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