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Pre-Columbian Discoveries of the New World by Asians, Africans and Europeans

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I was born in Australia and as a young man I studied Spanish and German and then travelled extensively in Western Europe. Travelling on a ship to Europe across the Indian Ocean and returning across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans made me wonder about how the ancients coped with sea travel. Back in Australia I found employment in the Advanced Studies Library of the Australian National University. My interest in this topic developed slowly after enrolling in the university's Asian Studies Faculty where I studied Asian languages and civilizations. While completing my Indonesian major, supplementary studies included one year courses in literary Arabic, Javanese and Dutch, the latter being the colonial language of Indonesia which I was required to be able to read. I also began the study of Japanese language and later majored in Japanese at the University of New South Wales. In 1973 I completed an intensive course in spoken Chinese at the University of Canberra and then enrolled in Classical Chinese at the Australian National University where beginners learnt to read the San Zi Jing or Three Character Classic which was intended to impart Confucian values as well as literacy. All these experiences made me wonder about the discovery of America as well as Australia. Was it possible that Asians had crossed the Pacific long before Columbus discovered America? Then there was the possibility that peoples from Europe, the Mediterranean and Africa had crossed the Atlantic before Columbus. It was while working in the University of Sydney Library in the 1980s that I started research into this topic. In what was then Australia's largest library there were ample resources for such a study. I borrowed books and read them on my long journey home from work each day. Finally I found credible evidence of possible ancient sea voyages to America but apart from the Viking settlement in Newfoundland there was very little that could be considered convincing beyond all doubt. After retiring and living in China in 2010 I decided to republish this book which I had originally produced in 1993 and given to a few friends.

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