Who Discovered America?: The Untold History of the Peopling of the Americas

Category: Book
By (author): Hudson, Ian
By (author): Menzies, Gavin
Subject:  HISTORY / Expeditions & Discoveries
  HISTORY / General
  HISTORY / North America
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: November 2014
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 0.87in
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From The Publisher*

Updated with astonishing new findings

A groundbreaking history that upends our understanding of ancient America

From Gavin Menzies, the author of the blockbuster New York Times bestseller 1421, comes a revolutionary new account of how the first humans came to North and South America. Menzies reveals that ancient peoples used the oceans' natural currents and prevailing winds to make voyages across both the Atlantic and Pacific. What's more, we now must accept that they had time to develop remarkably advanced cultures. Armed with cutting-edge DNA evidence, newly unearthed artifacts, and astonishing linguistic and archaeological discoveries, Menzies shows:

  • humans have been making transoceanic voyages as far back as 100,000 years ago, vastly predating the supposed overland migration to the Americas during the last Ice Age;
  • the ancient South American civilizations of the Olmec and Maya in Central and South America may have had direct origins and influences from Asia;
  • ancient maps held in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., show there must have been sustained and dedicated voyages to the Western Hemisphere by Chinese explorers as early as 2200 b.c.;
  • huge Chinese settlements occupied (and made exploratory journeys from) Nova Scotia;
  • Japanese, Korean, and European voyages predated the explorations currently recorded by history.

A maverick scholar, Menzies has made a riveting new contribution to the story of humanity's earliest explorers, revealing the truth behind one of history's most fascinating questions: Who discovered America?

From The Publisher*

Greatly expanding on his blockbuster 1421, distinguished historian Gavin Menzies uncovers the complete untold history of how mankind came to the Americas-offering new revelations and a radical rethinking of the accepted historical record in Who Discovered America?

The iconoclastic historian's magnum opus, Who Discovered America? calls into question our understanding of how the American continents were settled, shedding new light on the well-known "discoveries" of European explorers, including Christopher Columbus. In Who Discovered America? he combines meticulous research and an adventurer's spirit to reveal astounding new evidenceĀ of an ancient Asian seagoing tradition-most notably the Chinese-that datesĀ as far back as 130,000 years ago.

Menzies offers a revolutionary new alternative to the "Beringia" theory of how humans crossed a land bridge connecting Asia and North America during the last Ice Age, and provides a wealth of staggering claims, that hold fascinating and astonishing implications for the history of mankind.

Review Quote*

"[Menzies] makes history sound like pure fun...a seductive read." -New York Times Magazine on 1421

"Menzies's remarkable research provides a beautiful example of how to ferret out links in widely separated bits of evidence." -Betty Meggers, former director of Latin American Archaeology at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History

"Menzies [is] propounding one of the most revolutionary ideas in the history of history." -New York Times Magazine on The Lost City of Atlantis

"Menzies should get the Nobel and Pulitzer prizes for his work. Walk along the pathways of discovery with him. It is a joyous jaunt." -San Bernadino County Sun

"A historical detective, as well as a scholar, [who] adds to our knowledge of the world, past and present." -Daily News (New York)

"Menzies has written a major contribution to history." -Carl Johannessen, Department of Geography, University of Oregon