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    Re: Zheng He steered by the stars?
    From: Peter Fogg
    Date: 2002 Nov 25, 12:16 +1100

    Let us be sceptical by all means, but also remember that not so long ago
    Christopher Columbus was credited with 'discovering' the Americas. I imagine
    that most people would accept now that the Vikings established a settlement
    that has been excavated at l'Anse Meadow in the northeast of North America.
    Also, possibly, Irish monks in leather-bound boats during the first millenium
    made similar trips - they certainly said they did at the time. They sailed via
    Iceland and Greenland, making landfall at a place that was thickly wooded -
    where else could it be?
    In any case what interests me is the navigational techniques and instruments
    early explorers may have developed independently of the European models whose
    descendants we have inherited.
    If anyone has access to 'definitive' histories or books on ancient Chinese
    technologies it seems I would not be the only person to be interested in what
    may be found there.

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