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    Re: [Zheng He
    From: Nigel Gardner
    Date: 2002 Mar 18, 17:59 -0500

    Really this sounds quite bizarre and a lot of wishful thinking, the
    configuration of the stars can be made to 'prove' anything
    Zheng He (or Cheng Ho depending on who's transliteration one follows) 'The
    three-jewelled eunuch', is known to have made seven expeditions in all
    which are well chronicled and leave little time between them for a quick
    circum-navigational dash.
    Although it is not inconceivable tha such a voyage was made it is extremely
    unlikely that it would have escaped the attention of the Chinese civil
    service that chronicled everything.
    The earliest known extant Chart as such is the Mao K'un map which dates
    from the 1620's and is based on Ma Huan's account of the voyages of Zheng
    He in the early 1400's

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