Chinese: 2,640 BC - Hsi and Ho
The ancient Chinese geographical text "Shan Hai Jing" which means
"The Classic of the Mountains and Rivers". hold compelling evidence that
two Chinese Imperial astronomer-surveyors, named Ta-Chang and Shu-Hai,
were the first known explorers to return with stories of America
which filled 32 volumes.
458 AD - Hui Shun
During the Liang dynasty the Buddhist priest Hui Shun, on a missionary journey
preached Buddhism to the Mayans and is thus in part responsible for Guatemala
in honor of Guatema Buddha.
Hui Shun returned to China some 44 years later where where his story was
recorded by Lord Yu Kie and Emperor Wu in the year 502 AD
Was China's Zheng He the first to navigate the globe between March 1421 to
The Portuguese, in 1428 had a chart of the world showing Africa, Australia,
South America and various islands in remarkably accurate detail.
It is possible but not likely given Columbus unswerving belief in China
being just 4,000 miles West of Spain.
Venetian merchant and explorer Nicolo da Conti who had accompanied this
unheralded explorer of the Americas and admiral of the greatest fleet of
the 14th century.
Zheung He was also a eunuch and Moslem. His Buddhist name Sanbao is how he
is remembered and may be where the Arab legends of Sinbad come from.
The 24 remarkably accurate maps he produced still survive.
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