Fusang or the Discovery of America by Chinese Buddhist Priests in the Fifth Century (Classic Reprint) (Paperback)

By Charles Godfrey Leland

Forgotten Books, 9781440070440, 236pp.

Publication Date: November 24, 2018

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Excerpt from Fusang or the Discovery of America by Chinese Buddhist Priests in the Fifth Century

Possibility of passing by sea from the Chinese to the American coast, I have thought it appropriate to place next in the series a letter from Colonel Barclay Kennon, who, as a prominent officer in the United States Coast Survey, passed several years in the North Pacific, during which time he surveyed and mapped, in company with two colleagues, the entire coast, both on the Asiatic and American sides. Colonel Kennon is of opinion that the voyage supposed to have been taken by the Buddhist monks is easily practicable, and might be effected even'in an open boat - the vessel in which he himself passed both summer and winter, and in which he sailed more than miles, having been simply a small pilot-boat. To this I have added, in further reference to certain remarks by Professor Neu mann, a comment on the afiinities between American.

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