1421 - The Year China Discovered America?
Country of Origin: United States
Production year: 2004
Director: David Wallace
Rating: NR(Television)
UPC [Locale]: 841887-004497
Running time: 2:00 (120 Min.)
Casetype: Keep Case
Format: NTSC, 1.33:1, Full Frame
DVD-Format: Single-Sided, Single-Layered
Released: August 17, 2004
Collection type: Owned (#2547)
Status: Available
Purchase date: August 30, 2004
Purchase price: Hidden
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Overview
Did a daring Chinese Admiral sailing the world's largest wooden armada reach America 71 years before Columbus? 1421: THE YEAR CHINA DISCOVERED AMERICA? examines the mystery surrounding the sailing exploits of the legendary Admiral Zheng He and his 30 year command of a gigantic Ming fleet. At the behest of Chinese emperor Zhu Di, Zheng He sailed his fleet to far-flung outposts throughout the eastern hemisphere, established major ports, and exrended the commercial reach of "The Middle Kingdom" far beyond its previous bounds.

1421: THE YEAR CHINA DISCOVERED AMERICA? investigates best-selling author Gavin Menzies' theory that Admiral Zheng He reached America decades before Columbus. Could this incredible and intrepid fleet have shown the European explorers the way to the west? Menzies seeks to prove his extraordinary theory by retracing the steps he believes the Chinese took from Africa to Europe to the Caribbean and along the eastern coast of the United States. The results are often dramatic and highly controversial.
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1421 - The Year China Discovered America?
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Crew
Direction
David Wallace....Director
Writing
William Cran....Writer
Production
Sun Shuyun....Producer
Clive Syddall....Executive Producer
Cinematography
Peter Harvey....Cinematographer
Music
Howard Davidson....Composer
Cast
Larry Belling....Narrator (voice)