A number of years ago, I read a book titled 1421 by Gavin Menzies. Menzies, a retired Royal Navy officer, claimed he had proof China discovered the Americas decades before Columbus. Now, many cultures have stories about discovering America before Columbus. There may be truth to some of them beyond the vikings. Why not see what this book had to say?
It turned out the book was badly written. And then today I found YouTube channel EmperorTigerstar to remind me of the book and explain far better than I can why it was bad.
In a nutshell, my complaint was Menzies basically made up his mind that China sent these treasure fleet ships to every continent prior to the European age of exploration. Yes, that includes Europe. His proof was, to my untrained eye, rather skimpy. Essentially, I felt he decided he was right and then made whatever evidence he could find, no matter how skimpy, fit his theory. That’s terrible.
But some YouTube channels cover history because the creators actually study that stuff. Here’s one such channel to explain why 1421 is a bad book.
I may have to watch other videos from that channel.