Date of release: Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Ian HudsonThe story of how the greatest fleet the world had ever seen set sail to the ends of the earth will be told at the University of Greenwich tomorrow (Wednesday January 15).

The next Greenwich Maritime Institute (GMI) research seminar, 1412 – The Year China Discovered the World, looks at the work of author and retired submarine commander, Gavin Menzies. His controversial book, 1421, detailed an epic mission undertaken on 8 March 1421 when the ships, some nearly 400 feet long, were under the command of the Emperor Zhu Di’s loyal eunuch admiral, Zheng He. Their orders were to proceed all the way to the ends of the earth.

In this talk, Ian Hudson, who has worked with Gavin Menzies for the last 11 years and leads his research team, will discuss the epic voyage described in the best-selling book. He will also look at the evidence which shows that the Chinese had circumnavigated the globe a century before Magellan, reaching America 70 years before Columbus, and Australia 350 years before Captain Cook.

The seminar will take place in Room 075, Queen Anne Court, Greenwich Campus from 6pm. Tea and coffee is available from 5.30pm and a drinks reception will follow. Places are free and no booking is required.

This is also a special seminar of the China Maritime Centre. The GMI Seminar Series is sponsored by the Zhonghui Maritime Education Fund. For the full programme: http://www2.gre.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/839540/D9162-13-GMI-SEMINAR-SERIES_WEB.pdf

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