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Title: Confucius Institute Lecture - Maritime Exploration of the Ming Dynasty
Date: Mon. Apr 07, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The first world map in Chinese has long been thought to be constructed in 1602 based on European world maps of the 16th century. On careful examination of the map, hundreds of clues indicate that it is actually a map drawn by Ming Dynasty Chinese around 1430 (some 60 years before Christopher Columbus). The cartographic evidence is supported by artifacts and cultural relics linking China and pre-Columbian America. Dr. Siu-Leung Lee will present the evidence that the Great World Exploration Era was launched by Admiral Zheng He and his fleets in early 15th century. This topic is the subject of Dr. Lee’s two books in Chinese, one rated the second of Ten Best Books in 2013 by Asia Weekly. (This lecture is co-sponsored with the USF Department of History.)

A similar lecture (in Chinese: 明代測繪世界,開拓美洲) is planned for Chinese American communities on April 6 (Sunday), 3:00-4:30pm, CPR (Cooper Hall) 115. (Co-sponsors include CAAT and SACA.)

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Location: CWY Room 109 (ROTC Building)
Contact: Kun Shi
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Contact Phone: 813-974-4391
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