In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. He had three ships and left from Spain; He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain. Or, maybe not. Well, not that he didn't do all that sailing, but because some claim that he wasn't the first explorer to discover the Americas. It's time for you parents out there to get ready, because after 1421, I'm sure that many a kid will start asking: "I thought Columbus discovered America?" After the film, the little rhyme about the ocean blue might not have the same impact. Then again, this is a foreign production, so maybe they won't notice.

Warner China Film is getting ready to greenlight an adaptation of British Royal Navy sub commander Gavin Menzies' book, 1421. In case you haven't heard about the kerfuffle over the text, Menzies says that over 70 years before Columbus hit the seas, Chinese Emporer Zhu Di sent out fleets under Admiral Zheng He, which went far enough to "discover" everything from Australia to the Americas, and even East Africa. (As if there weren't people already there.) Unfortunately, there's not much to back up the claims, which Sinologists and historians have since dismissed. Apparently, a lot of the "proof" is just claims without substantiating evidence. Or, maybe they're just knocking the claims because the news doesn't rhyme isn't as complete -- In fourteen hundred and twenty-one, Zheng-hi sailed the ocean sea...
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