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Q: when did the chicken cross the sea? why did the chicken cross the sea?

Claims of Chinese contact A jade Olmec mask. Gordon Ekholm, who was an eminent archaeologist and curator at the American Museum of Natural History, suggested that the Olmec art style might have originated inBronze Age China.[32]

Other researchers have argued that the Olmec civilization came into existence with the help of Chinese refugees, particularly at the end of the Shang dynasty. In 1975, Betty Meggers of the Smithsonian Institution argued that the Olmec civilization originated due to Shang Chinese influences around 1200 BCE. In a 1996 book, Mike Xu, with the aid of Chen Hanping, claimed that celts from La Venta bear Chinese characters.[35][36] These claims are unsupported by mainstream Mesoamerican researchers.

Other claims have been made for early Chinese contact with North America.

In 1882 artefacts identified at the time as Chinese coins were discovered in British Columbia. A contemporary account states that:[37]

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So China will be claiming lots of the Americas soon as theirs based on historical records that mainstream historians can't or won't substantiate?

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So China will be claiming lots of the Americas soon as theirs based on historical records that mainstream historians can't or won't substantiate?

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Try to get the book 1421, about the voyages of admiral Zheng He.  Fascinating reading and it might change your perspective of history as we know it.  A bit controversial and of course denied by western historians.  It claims that Chinese ships traveled all across the world in those days.  If they start reclaiming, everyone is in trouble.

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The thought of Chinese being pioneers and chartering new territories makes me laugh.

 

They can't even venture to another city without taking mother and father along with them to hold their hand. As for their sense of direction, most of them need satnav to get home from work. I don't even bother asking Chinese people the directions to somewhere any more. It is quicker and more efficient just to take a guess.

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lt's not underestimate one's desire to get out of the mainland... Tongue

 

Ok, seriously now - I'm not sure about the Olmec theory. Is it any better (or worse) that, say, Native Americans have Chinese ancestry? What about the First Nations tribes further north? Inuit and Eskimo - looks more like Olmec than Han or many other Chinese. As for art... who knows - possibly! However, if this were true - then there should be SUBSTANTIALLY more DNA in Meso-America to bear this out. AND, there'd need to be a colonisation - ie, dozens into hundreds of people. Surely this was documented? (unless someone wants to claim a ship ran aground, and they stayed there - in which case, there should be MORE Shang Dynasty evidence - not just traces!)

 

The reality is - the folks from way back when were FAR more adventurous and capable than we give them credit for. We seem to completely forget that there was trade throughout Africa, and the mediterranean up to the British Isles (and down the African west coast) way back before the Romans came along....

 

And there was a stack of island hopping all throughout the Pacific islands.... China really isn't that far from America...

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It would not surprise me at all if it turns out they visited America in ancient times.

They probably got lost because the guy who made their ancient compass cut corners and glued the needle in place to save him from having to buy a magnet Smile

I suspect the term " Made in China, sigh", is also a lot older than we assume at the moment Smile

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