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Greatly expanding on 1421 gavin menzies and ian hudson uncover the complete untold history of how mankind came to populate the americas by multiple seaborne voyages over a period of thousands of years. On 3 8 1421 the largest fleet the world had ever seen set sail from china its mission was to proceed all the way to the ends of the earth to collect tribute from the barbarians beyond the seas unite the whole world in confucian harmony. Directed by david wallace with larry belling esmond bradley martin this documentary examines the controversial theory that a chinese ming dynasty fleet led by zheng he sailed past the cape of good hope and crossed the atlantic to discover the americas decades before christopher columbus