During an interview with a UK publication, Gavin Menzies, the author of 'Who Discovered America?', said that the settling of North America by non-native peoples is more complex than previously thought, the Daily Times reported.
The 76-year-old writer asserted that the traditional story of Columbus discovering the New World is absolute fantasy.
Menzies, who has been dubbed as "pseudo-historian" by critics owing to his claims, insisted that a Chinese map, which was created in the 18th century shows a detailed map of America dating back to 1418, and is credited to the Chinese Admiral.
Menzies said that the map, which was found in a bookstore, places Zheng He's efforts some 70 years ahead of Columbus.
Menzies has also claimed that Columbus made use of a copy of Zheng He's map to plot his own voyage.
--ANI (Posted on 10-10-2013)