In 2006, a prominent Chinese collector first unveiled an ancient map that showed clear evidence that the Chinese were actually the first people to discover America and not the Europeans. If proven to be completely true this would definitely shatter some immense historical tales of Western civilization.
The Chinese map which is dated to have been drawn in 1763 but has a note imprinted on it that it was a reproduction of a map first created in 1418, shows the globe with every major continent present. And the amazing part is that it shows the continents with an exactitude that European maps did not have for at least another century. It took the explorations of Columbus, Da Gama, Magellan, Dias, and others before the European maps were of an equal quality.
However, it seems that there are many skeptics amongst scholars, even Chinese scholars seemed quite unsure if the Chinese seamen were the first sailors to go round the world. But there is strong evidence to suggest it could be true when you look at the story and voyages of Zheng He.
Zheng He owned a huge fleet during the time of 1405 to 1433 and embarked on seven voyages himself. Historical records show he did explore Indian Oceans, Southeast Asia, India, the Persian Gulf and the east coast of Africa. He used navigational techniques and built ships that were far ahead of his time. And some scholars argue that he traveled much further and that he discovered America 1421 years before Columbus did.
His achievements, however, have always been widely disputed and been the subject of much speculation over the years. The problem is that a later Chinese emperor decided that connecting with the outside world was dangerous, and destroyed much of their historical records about exploration and travel.