The history of science is a record of traditional conceits and perspectives being altered by new findings. In the new book WHO DISCOVERED AMERICA?---The Untold History of the Peopling of the Americas by Gavin Menzies and Ian Hudson there's an astonishing and ironic twist to the economic reality today involving the Chinese owning a sizable chunk of our country's debt and assets. Evidence now shows that long before Columbus the Chinese have been visiting the Americas in fleets of junks much larger than European ships at the time. The implications of linguistic, calligraphic, flora/fauna, artifact, historical account, and DNA evidence can no longer be ignored, says the author. The evidence is overwhelming that the Chinese have been sailing the great oceans for thousands of years. When a volcanic eruption in 1450 BC destroyed the Minoan civilization on Crete, Chinese shipbuilding gained supremacy, leading to the exploration and even habitation of both North and South America. A base camp for mining and smelting was established in Nova Scotia long before any Spanish arrivals, leaving behind paved roads suggesting a population exceeding ten thousand. DNA evidence shows that native American Indians, along with the Mayan, have Chinese ancestry mingled with other later European traits. Chinese anchors, coins, pottery, and medallions with Chinese symbols have been found either along the coasts or inland. Sighting of junks that would have dwarfed the Santa Maria were seen by native Americans on both continents (Indian, Maya, Inca), as evidenced by drawings and folklore. And their bloodlines were partly Asian due to earlier visits! But the conquering Spanish armadas, with their language and wars, rewrote this history, and imposed their own language, customs, and DNA into the mix. The controversial findings of this fascinating book, if true, is conception-shattering. Why didn't the Chinese build cities in America, but rather abandoned any settlements they made when resources were depleted? The answer is that they were not empire builders by nature, as were the Europeans. They were not expansionist like they might have been (and which helped the English colonize in India, southeast Asia and elsewhere.) Gildart Jackson narrates.