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Columbus debunker sets sights on Leonardo da Vinci
Reuters ^ | Jul 28, 2008 | Tim Castle

Posted on 07/28/2008 6:04:40 PM PDT by decimon

LONDON (Reuters) - Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of machines are uncannily similar to Chinese originals and were undoubtedly derived from them, a British amateur historian says in a newly-published book.

Gavin Menzies sparked headlines across the globe in 2002 with the claim that Chinese sailors reached America 70 years before Christopher Columbus.

Now he says a Chinese fleet brought encyclopedias of technology undiscovered by the West to Italy in 1434, laying the foundation for the engineering marvels such as flying machines later drawn by Italian polymath Leonardo.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science
KEYWORDS: 1421; davincicode; florence; gavinmenzies; godsgravesglyphs; italy; leonardodavinci; marcopolo; renaissance

1 posted on 07/28/2008 6:04:40 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

If the Chinese were so advanced 600 years ago, why did they slow down and let the West beat them??


2 posted on 07/28/2008 6:07:15 PM PDT by Ken522
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To: decimon

Where exactly do they hatch these crackpots?

Everyone knows it all came from Atlantis...


3 posted on 07/28/2008 6:07:59 PM PDT by xcamel (Being on the wrong track means the unintended consequences express train doesnt kill you going by)
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To: xcamel

People will just not stop at anything to re write history


4 posted on 07/28/2008 6:10:02 PM PDT by claymax (Don't taz me dude!)
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To: decimon

It sounds like someone has a thing for the Chinese.


5 posted on 07/28/2008 6:11:23 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("The End Is Near!" - Algore)
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To: decimon

I’m sure the Chinese empire was just rushing to give technology to the West.


6 posted on 07/28/2008 6:15:41 PM PDT by YCTHouston
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To: xcamel

it actually came from their ancient rival continent of Lemuria...*smirk*


7 posted on 07/28/2008 6:16:33 PM PDT by stefanbatory
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To: All

Menzies sounds like someone who begins with a thesis and sets out to prove it. I think a proper historian would gather facts and follow where they lead.


8 posted on 07/28/2008 6:18:35 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon
Now he says a Chinese fleet brought encyclopedias of technology undiscovered by the West to Italy in 1434

What is the chance that nobody in Italy paid any attention to a visit of a *Chinese* fleet ? It's not like Italians were illiterate, or had no paper, or didn't care about shipbuilding. Any such visit would be documented by hundreds of historians and statesmen.

Considering that nothing could happen in Italy back then without the local prince knowing it and approving it (and lives of these princes are well documented) we'd definitely hear about a Chinese ambassador. The Chinese embassy wouldn't disappear overnight, and Chinese goods would be on Italian market, and so on.

The linked article is actually right on target - the guy writes sensationalist stuff and sells his books to millions of idiots. Given that there are plenty of idiots, he is on the right track to wealth and prosperity. I personally prefer science fiction - at least I know what I'm paying for.

9 posted on 07/28/2008 6:26:06 PM PDT by Greysard
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To: Ken522

Good question, in one of history’s more bizarre episodes, the Chinese turned inward when a new Dynasty emerged, they had their fleet burned, the same fleet that did travel the whole of the Indian Ocean, they had massive ships at the time.

Funny old world, China decided that they were the whole world and cut off contact with the world in their perceived perfection...


10 posted on 07/28/2008 6:35:50 PM PDT by padre35 (Conservative in Exile/ Romans 10.10/Eze 11.2)
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To: decimon
The Chinese have a well recoded history, why does it not mention such a voyage.
11 posted on 07/28/2008 6:54:32 PM PDT by Libertarianize the GOP (Make all taxes truly voluntary)
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To: decimon
Gavin Menzies sparked headlines across the globe in 2002 with the claim that Chinese sailors reached America 70 years before Christopher Columbus.

I can debunk this claim with one word: disease

If the Chinese visited America with one of their massive fleets, why no subsequent epidemics of Eurasian diseases? Why was the native population decimated by disease everywhere they had contact with Europeans, yet emerged unscathed from an earlier Chinese visit.

Menzie is full of crap.
12 posted on 07/28/2008 7:01:19 PM PDT by A Balrog of Morgoth (QMC(SW) USN........ CG21 DD988 FFG34 PC6 ARS53)
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To: decimon; compound w; ponder life
Anti-Chinese-suckup-revisionism Sarcasm Torpedo ARMED.

Or according to one online translator, 諷刺 魚雷. FIRE!!

It must have been Falun Gong.

Long before Mao, too.

Cheers!

13 posted on 07/28/2008 7:02:31 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: padre35

This was in large part due to the influence that eunuchs had over the emperor at the time. Many scientists and scholars were banished, if not outright killed, for challenging the orthodoxy of the imperial court. Many of their texts were supposedly burned.

It is quite possible that some ideas migrated from East to West through cities like Venice. In 1987, I attended an exhibit entitled China in Venice; some of the toys that mariners brought back did look similar to some of Da Vinci’s later stuff. Like all great inventors, many of his ideas probably came from a number of sources. To claim they were all Chinese is overly simplistic.

The two words in Chinese, jung guo, actually mean Middle Kingdom, which essentially backs up your second statement.


14 posted on 07/28/2008 7:03:13 PM PDT by 12Gauge687 (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice)
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Thanks decimon.

Somewhere around here there's a topic regarding a claim that the Romans learned how to build Hadrian's Wall from the Chinese builders of the Great Wall of China.

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15 posted on 07/28/2008 7:08:33 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_________________________Profile updated Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: Greysard

The linked article is actually right on target - the guy writes sensationalist stuff and sells his books to millions of idiots. Given that there are plenty of idiots, he is on the right track to wealth and prosperity. I personally prefer science fiction - at least I know what I’m paying for.
***That’s something that bothers me because he sells his stuff in the nonfiction aisle.


16 posted on 07/28/2008 7:20:26 PM PDT by Kevmo (A person's a person, no matter how small. ~Horton Hears a Who)
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Judging from recent history, I’d bet Leonardo came up with the ideas and the blue prints and then the Chinese ripped them off and made the damn things out of balsa and burlap and sold it on the cheap.


17 posted on 07/28/2008 7:38:10 PM PDT by johnnycap
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To: Greysard

So...did anybody check the Chinese encyclopedia salesman’s permit?


18 posted on 07/28/2008 7:41:45 PM PDT by jagusafr ("Bugs, Mr. Rico! Zillions of 'em!" - Robert Heinlein)
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To: decimon
I'm beginning to wonder if maybe there wasn't a lot more intermingling of the cultures than we've been led to believe.

For instance, there's some growing evidence that Christianity made its way to China a long, long time ago:

Research: Christianity popular among China's Tang Dynasty citizens
2008-02-27
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-02/27/content_7675507.htm

Archaeologists Work to Save Chinese Site With Christian Traces
Wednesday, February 07, 2001
http://www2.kenyon.edu/Depts/Religion/Fac/Adler/Reln270/ChicagoTribune-article.htm

Christianity in China, Pre-modern History
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity_in_China#Pre-modern_History

And there's some bizarre new evidence that the Scots [of all people] somehow committed miscegenation with the peoples of northern Siberia:
New statistical method throws up ancestry surprises
2008-05-26
GOOGLE CACHE

19 posted on 07/28/2008 7:47:00 PM PDT by KayEyeDoubleDee (const Tag &referenceToConstTag)
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It’s idealogical warfare.


20 posted on 07/28/2008 7:51:39 PM PDT by JC85
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To: Kevmo
This propaganda will work it's way into the Chinese text books. Chinese children will be taught that there is nothing in the West to emulate, that all so-called Western achievemnents were stolen from the Chinese.
21 posted on 07/28/2008 7:51:40 PM PDT by JC85
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Let's see...what we have here is a political ideology that evokes a mythical golden age and exalts a rabid nationalism.

If only we had a word for this.

22 posted on 07/28/2008 7:51:41 PM PDT by JC85
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To: decimon
I got about two hundred pages into this book...

I'm pretty certain Menzies is a crackpot.

23 posted on 07/28/2008 7:53:53 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: 12Gauge687

“The two words in Chinese, jung guo, actually mean Middle Kingdom”

Personally, I think the phrase is better translated, “The Kingdom at the Center of the Universe.” That captures the spirit and intent much better, I think.


24 posted on 07/28/2008 8:10:51 PM PDT by dsc
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To: 12Gauge687

Certainly in the “modern” view, there were countries on the map, and China never traded with Egypt, they were too primitive “back then” to actually talk and trade and exchange ideas...which is bunk of course.

Even the Romans had trade relations with India for example, as did the Caliphates with the Far East...

As I recall, the large trading centers in Western China ended up succumbing to desert encroachment.


25 posted on 07/28/2008 8:12:30 PM PDT by padre35 (Conservative in Exile/ Romans 10.10/Eze 11.2)
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To: decimon

Chinese scientists also invented electricity and light bulbs, but the dastardly lamp oil industrial complex stole the patents and buried them to keep their monopoly.


26 posted on 07/28/2008 8:54:14 PM PDT by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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Reminds me of this piece:

http://web.archive.org/web/20040804135444/http://www.mepc.org/public_asp/workshops/musexpl.asp

Before Columbus, there were—or so we are told— natives in the Americas who amazingly spoke Arabic.


27 posted on 07/28/2008 8:55:01 PM PDT by JC85
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First publish propaganda in pseudo-scholarly forums. Then quote the material in textbooks.

http://gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2008/04/liberal-high-school-text-book-claims.html


28 posted on 07/28/2008 8:55:04 PM PDT by JC85
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To: decimon

a chinese fleet going to ITaly would certainly have to take thte long way around. there was no direct sea route to china back then - they’d have to go around the horn, at the very least. than find the relatively narrow gap at gibraltar and enter the mediterranean and finally come up against italy - whilst missing every other landfall.

sure.


29 posted on 07/29/2008 7:16:20 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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a chinese fleet going to ITaly would certainly have to take thte long way around. there was no direct sea route to china back then - they’d have to go around the horn, at the very least. than find the relatively narrow gap at gibraltar and enter the mediterranean and finally come up against italy - whilst missing every other landfall.

They'd have had to make stops along the way to find provisions. As you indicate, why Italy and why Venice? Spain and/or north Africa should have warranted visits.

30 posted on 07/29/2008 7:28:50 AM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

funny how nobody else saw them.


31 posted on 07/29/2008 8:04:01 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: grey_whiskers
Anti-Chinese-suckup-revisionism Sarcasm Torpedo...

"Anti-Chinese-suckup-revisionism Sarcasm Torpedo"? You are quite imaginative.

32 posted on 07/29/2008 11:33:42 AM PDT by ponder life
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I’ll bet he has a Chinese Honey he wants to impress.


33 posted on 07/29/2008 6:33:21 PM PDT by happygrl
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To: A Balrog of Morgoth
You nailed it.

I've read that 90% of the so-called "genocide" in the Western Hemisphere was actually disease.

The reduction of the natives also included a large amount of interbreeding. Apparently there is little of the original Y chromosome in North America natives, and the Rio Grande south are largely Mestizo populations, with pockets of Europeans and Indians.

34 posted on 07/29/2008 6:45:11 PM PDT by happygrl
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