Written in the Ruins: Cape Breton Island's Second Pre-Columbian Chinese Settlement

Cape Breton Island's Second Pre-Columbian Chinese Settlement
Dundurn Group Ltd (Verlag)
  • erscheint ca. am 3. März 2016
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 216 Seiten
978-1-4597-3312-1 (ISBN)
2017 Robbie Robertson Dartmouth Book Award - Shortlisted

Paul Chiasson reveals the possibility that early Chinese settlers landed in Cape Breton long before Europeans.

From the very beginning of the European Age of Discovery, Cape Breton was considered unusual. The history of the area even includes early references to the island having once been the land of the Chinese. In 1497, at least a century before any attempt at European settlement in the region, the explorer John Cabot had referred to Cape Breton as the "Island of Seven Cities."

The indigenous people of the region, the Mi'kmaq, were the only aboriginal people of North America who had a written language when Europeans first arrived. This writing, clothing, and customs also suggested an early Chinese presence.

In Written in the Ruins, Chiasson investigates the ruins at St. Peters in the southern part of the island, where evidence brought to light supports a theory that could answer all the questions raised by the island's curious, unresolved history.
  • Englisch
  • Toronto
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  • Kanada
  • Broschur/Paperback
Bibliography; Index; 32 Illustrations, black and white
  • Höhe: 229 mm
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  • Breite: 152 mm
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  • Dicke: 12 mm
  • 299 gr
978-1-4597-3312-1 (9781459733121)
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Paul Chiasson is the author of The Island of Seven Cities: Where the Chinese Settled When They Discovered America, a book that explores the possibility that early Chinese explorers settled in the Cape Dauphin area of Cape Breton years before Columbus made his famous voyage. He lives in Toronto.

Prologue: A Shipwreck's Tale
Introduction: The Path to the Second City

Part One: The Second City

1 The Ruins on the Shore
2 Rovers of the Sea
3 The Ruins on Mount Grenville
4 The Mark of an Ancient Canal
5 A Cannon from the Past

Part Two: Rovers of the Sea

6 The Adventures of David Ingram
7 The Treasure Fleets
8 A Culture Forgotten
9 History through a New Lens

Part Three: History Derailed

10 History Takes a Turn
11 Nicolo Zeno of Venice
12 Evolution of a Myth
13 The Zeno Stories Come of Age
14 The Battle for History
15 Myth Becomes History

Epilogue: Attend to the Original Facts

Selected Bibliography

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