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  •  so the Chinese "discovered" America? (2+ / 0-)
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    greenchiledem, Ojibwa

    that would be so great

    Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

    by Clytemnestra on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 09:50:04 AM PDT

    •  And they almost discovered Europe (4+ / 0-)
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      lotlizard, Clytemnestra, 4Freedom, Ojibwa

      The Chinese had a massive ocean going fleet that had explored around South Africa and almost reached the Mediterranean before turning back.  The next expedition would have sailed right into the capitals of pre-renaissance Europe, where ships barely ventured out of sight of land, and the Chinese probably would have just taken over if they'd been so inclined.

      Instead the last expedition was scrapped, and the ships torn apart to use the lumber for domestic resources.  And China was then passed by for hundreds of years.

      Remember that next time someone wants to cut NASA's funding and say there's no reason to explore the frontier.  I don't think China is going to make the same mistake twice.

    •  Highly speculative. (2+ / 0-)
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      Robobagpiper, Ojibwa

      There is no hard evidence of this at all.

      Back to unenthusiastic voting. At least it was fun for one cycle...

      by Beelzebud on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 09:59:45 AM PDT

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      •  if it's in a written record then that (1+ / 0-)
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        Ojibwa

        written record needs to be fully examined ... because that would tend to refute the "no hard evidence"

        Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

        by Clytemnestra on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 10:06:47 AM PDT

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