The Importance Of Exploration And Discovery In America

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Exploration and discovery has been a part of the human race since the beginning of time. Exploration gives a thrill and new effects on the human race. Arguably, the most famous and most important discovery was the discovery of the Americas. The discovery of the Americas changed the world and the human race forever because this was the turning point from eastern hegemony to western hegemony due to all the resources, workers, and land that Europe had acquired. Most people believe that Christopher Columbus and the Europeans discovered America but I believe that the Chinese discovered America about 70 years before Columbus. I believe that the archeologists and historians have also found a lot of evidence that infer to the Chinese discovering America …show more content…
When Columbus came to America they found rice, chicken, porcelain, and jade as well as people and other items. An account of local people around the Americas stated “Chinese people were there in the Klamath River area of northern California well before the white people came.” (Accounts of local people, Page 2) These accounts of local people are basically proving the point that Chinese people were in America way before any white people were. Professor KC Mak says “The markings on a bronze artifact found in San Clemente, C.A. look similar to some marking patterns for bronze artifacts of the Shang Dynasty in China.” Bronze artifacts have also been found in the Americas that are from China back during the Shang dynasty therefore meaning that china could have been in the Americas about 2000 years before Columbus. There were also many plants that were found in the Americas that are not indigenous to America. Many of these items include Chinese hibiscuses, monetary pines, and rice. These items and crops could have diffused with the land making these crops grow in the Americas. China, during the Qing dynasty could have also traded with the indigenous people using these …show more content…
An Article states that “Firstly, it was easier for Europeans to cross the Atlantic than for Chinese to cross the Pacific. Secondly, Europeans were motivated by the desire to access China 's legendary wealth whereas Chinese had no such incentive for exploration.” What the author of this article said is that crossing the Pacific at that time would be nearly impossible due to harsh conditions in the ocean and with the Bermuda triangle. It would simply be easier for Europe to travel the Atlantic then it would be for China to cross the Pacific. Another factor that could lead to China not discovering America would be the fact that the Qing dynasty at the time was in isolation. Michael Heiser, a famous author says in his book “Europeans were motivated by the desire to access China 's legendary wealth whereas Chinese had no such incentive for exploration” (Michael Heiser Page 1). Heiser is basically trying to say that China had no need to explore because they had everything that they needed. Europe needed to explore because they were in a time of need unlike China who has everything at their disposal. China also went isolated from trade due to this. China traded with very few countries which means that they had no intention to go explore and trade with other areas and regions in the Americas. Finally, another huge counter argument would be that Chinese ships during the time were traveling along south Asia and Africa and nowhere near the Pacific Ocean.

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