By Charlotte Harris Rees
A chinese language vintage, the Shan Hai Jing, reportedly from 2000 BC claimed travels to the ends of the earth. although, this present day many, whereas accepting the antiquity of this account, think it used to be simply mythology. yet used to be it?
Testing the speculation that the Shan Hai Jing defined real surveys of North the USA, Charlotte Harris Rees, writer of books approximately early chinese language exploration, an alleged 1100 mile chinese language trek alongside the japanese slope of the united states Rocky Mountains. The chinese language account must have been effortless to disprove. within the travelogue Did old chinese language discover America?
Rees candidly stocks her preliminary doubts then her seek and discoveries. She weaves jointly heritage, sophisticated humor, educational experiences, and plenty of photos to inform a compelling tale.
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He was a compromise candidate, everyone’s second choice in a convention dominated by more celebrated politicians, a moderate from the center of a moderate middlewestern state without which the new party stood little chance of victory. Persuaded that the Constitution forbade presidential action against slavery where it already existed, Lincoln was nonetheless pledged to halt its further spread. “On that point,” he told his supporters, “hold firm, as with a chain of steel. ” South Carolina warned that she would secede from the Union if a President so pledged were elected.
By 1850, only a third lived there. Of the nine largest cities, only New Orleans was located in the lower South. Meanwhile, a tenth of the goods manufactured in America came from southern mills and factories. There were one hundred piano makers in New York alone in 1852. In 1846, there was not a single book publisher in New Orleans; even the city guidebook was printed in Manhattan. Northerners invented the steamboat, the clipper ship, the steel plow, the telegraph, the mechanical reaper, the revolver, the sewing machine, the lead pencil, the friction match, the safety pin, the typewriter, the straw hat, the rubber ball.
Charles Dickens wept over it. So did Queen Victoria. By 1854, Calhoun, Clay, and Webster were all gone from the Senate, and its most prominent figure was Stephen A. Douglas, Democrat of Illinois. Known to his admirers as “the Little Giant,” Douglas was short, shrewd, and ambitious. He owned 140 slaves himself but said he did not care whether slavery was voted up or down. He now sought to promote a transcontinental railroad along a route that would enrich both his state and himself through the enactment of still another compromise: this one proposed to ignore the old border between slave and free soil mandated by Congress in 1820 and let settlers in the new territories of Kansas and Nebraska decide for themselves whether slavery was to be barred.
Did Ancient Chinese Explore America? My Journey Through the Rocky Mountains to Find Answers by Charlotte Harris Rees