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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (June 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434392783
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434392787
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,462,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charlotte Harris Rees has appeared on television and National Public Radio in the United States and Canada, in numerous news articles around the world, and has given PowerPoint presentations - including at the Library of Congress, the National Library of China, Stanford University, Tsinghua University (China's Harvard), Switzerland, the University of Maryland, City U of NY, the China Institute (NYC), Portland (Oregon) State University, the University of London, Royal Geographical Societies in London and Hong Kong, Nanjing University, and Simon Fraser University (Canada) - about her family's map collection and the early arrival of Chinese to America.

Her books: Did Ancient Chinese Explore America? (2013), New World Secrets on Ancient Asian Maps (2014), Chinese Sailed to America Before Columbus: More Secrets from the Dr. Hendon M. Harris, Jr. Map Collection (2011),and Secret Maps of the Ancient World (2008, 2009)are all endorsed by Dr. Hwa-Wei Lee, retired Chief of the Asian Division of the Library of Congress and other experts. These books are listed by WCILCOS (The World Confederation of Institutes and Libraries for Chinese Overseas Studies)

Since early 2003, Mrs. Rees, a senior researcher and a graduate of Columbia International University, has intensely studied the possibility of very early arrival of Chinese to America. In 1972 her father, Dr. Hendon Harris, Jr., found in an antique shop in Korea an ancient Asian map which led him to write a tome of almost 800 pages which contended that by 2200 B.C. Chinese had reached the Americas by sea.

Initially a skeptic of her father's theories, Mrs. Rees' research on this subject was originally to prove for herself whether he could have been right. In 2003 she and her brother took the Hendon Harris, Jr. Map Collection to the Library of Congress where it remained for three years while being studied. In 2006 she published an abridged version of her late father's book, The Asiatic Fathers of America: Chinese Discovery and Colonization of Ancient America. Dr. Cyclone Covey, Professor Emeritus at Wake Forest University, who for over 60 years has studied the early history of America and the Chinese connection, has been her research mentor. Dr. Hwa-Wei Lee has served as an advisor.

Mrs. Rees' father, Dr. Hendon M. Harris, Jr. was born in 1916 in Kaifeng, China to Baptist missionary parents. As a child Mrs. Rees lived for four years in Taiwan then later for a year in Hong Kong where her parents were missionaries. Currently her home is in Virginia in the USA.

Her books and PowerPoint presentations bring together many academic studies revealing evidences of very early arrival of Chinese to America and a discussion of her visits to sites in North America where ancient Chinese were reported to have visited. According to Rees, the Chinese descriptions of those areas are too accurate for us to now deny that Chinese had been there.

Recently at one location on that route another researcher found the names of two early Chinese kings. That petroglyph has been validated by leading US experts in ancient Chinese who dated them to the period 1200 - 200 B.C. Her web site is www.HarrisMaps.com.

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Well researched and written, I found this book an interesting read.
JHY
One of the more remarkable investigations of extant ancient maps showing the earth's coastlines and continents from probably 2000 BC.
Roger D Griffin
Although still controversial, that thesis has been accepted by many historians and Social Scientists.
Jaromir Benesch

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John on August 11, 2011
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If you are looking for a book about and including maps of the ancient world this is not that book. There are about 3 maps in this book. There are several pictures of the same map, which is not what I wanted. There's a lot of words on Asian exploration but very little in the way of offering pictures of maps.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By L. Robinson on February 2, 2009
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Reading Secret Maps of the Ancient world was like finding the correct pieces as you work on a puzzle of an ancient world map-the more pieces you find the easier it is to see the whole picture develop. Charlotte Rees in this well documented work reveals how much was known about the geography of the world by the ancient Chinese- what they wrote about it and how they recorded it on maps. These maps show that the Chinese knew the location of America, which they called Fu Sang, as early as 2000BC. She tells about Chinese and other Asians who visited the Americas centuries before Columbus. Evidence for these claims are provided with many references given for the reader to explore further.

This includes a comparison of items from various fields of study, "art, body art, clothing, construction, customs and beliefs, gardening, mathematics and science, musical instruments, technology and worship." Although it is impossible to prove who came first to the Americas Rees writes that DNA studies provides data that shows close phylogenetic relationships with native Americans and Chinese ethnic groups. It is also evident that the Chinese had the ships, navigational skills, including the invention of the compass, to carry out these voyages at such an early date.

Rees provides the reader with a timeline of Chinese maritime activities that covers the period from 2000 BC to 1644 AD, including an overview of Chinese maritime history. This is supplemented with a number of ancient Chinese maps illustrating their knowledge of the geography of the world. Chinese scientist had postulated that the word was a globe as early as the first century BC. Additionally, she reports that the currents in the Pacific are like a great ocean conveyor belt.
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21 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jaromir Benesch on December 27, 2009
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There is very little information about the ancient Asian maps in the book. Also, they are so poorly photographed as to be virtually unusable by readers. The general thesis of the work is that the Chinese crossed the Pacific Ocean and settled in the Western hemishpere by the Shang dynasty (4000 years ago.) Although still controversial, that thesis has been accepted by many historians and Social Scientists. The problems with this work are (1) no new evidence is introduced to support it (2) The existing solid evidence of Chinese settlement is mixed with foolish speculations and reliance on far too many older works which have beeen properly criticized. The study of Shang dynasty Chinese language is a highly technical and as yet very inexact science. No one knows how written words were were pronounced when spoken, and meanings are VERY dubious. To draw conclusions about place names in the Western hemisphere from similarity to speculated Chinese sounds is absurd. Yes, there is accurate DNA and biological evidence in the book, but it is mixed with the guesswork to produce strange result. I cannot imagine how non-scholars will be able to sort the gems from the trash. The end result is that the book will probably delay the acceptance of the very thesis it is meant to forward, and will inirectly cast doubt on serious scholars like Gavin Mendes.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JHY on January 10, 2010
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Though I had heard this theory that ancient Asians had made their way into the Western Hemisphere, this book provided interesting and compelling evidence for this theory that I had never heard or seen. Well researched and written, I found this book an interesting read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Target Shopaholic on September 20, 2013
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Since the book is titled Secrets Maps of the Ancient World, one would expect to find lots of pictures of the Hendon Harris maps themselves in full color and detail. That, however, is not the case. What few pictures there are of the maps are in black and white and are small in size. Unless you're a historical cartographer who can read Chinese, then you won't know if the maps are overwhelming evidence.

Nevertheless, this is a fascinating book which does compile every bit of evidence out there that the Chinese and other Asians had been coming to and settling in the Americas for thousands of years prior to Columbus and prior to Zheng He. Maps by themselves are often subject to interpretation, but it is very hard to argue against the preponderance of circumstantial evidence from several different fields of study: cartography, ancient texts, common cultural practices, out of place artifacts, architecture, agriculture, maritime technology, cultural motifs, oceanography, microbiology and genetics.

In fact, Rees compiles so much evidence that the book really becomes more of a laundry list of evidence rather than a critical analysis. This book provides overwhelming evidence that the ancient Chinese and other Asians explored and settled the Americas for thousands of years, long before Columbus.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ken on January 8, 2010
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Upon reading Secret Maps of Ancient Maps, I immediately did 2 things:

First, I had two of my friends teaching at Chicago Public Schools read the book, as I believe they should know the facts.
Second, I also read the author's father's book The Asiatic Fathers of America, as mentioned in her book, to get more reference material.

The transplantation of early Asians to the Americas is not a new theory or subject but she did superb job of putting together Chinese records, archaeological evidence found in the Americas and new DNA evidence linking the two continents.

Her father, Dr. Hendon M. Harris, Jr., the author of above mentioned book famously said;
"The record of Asia is written into the stones of America
and into the bodies of its early people,"

Ken
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