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Using aerial and site photographs, maps and drawings, and his own expertise as an architect, Chiasson carries the reader along as he pieces together the clues to one of the world’s great mysteries. While tantalizing mentions can be found in early navigators’ journals and maps, The Island of Seven Cities reveals for the first time the existence of a large Chinese colony that thrived on Canadian shores well before the European Age of Discovery.
Chiasson addresses how the colony was abandoned and forgotten, in the New World and in China, except in the storytelling and culture of the Mi’kmaq, whose written language, clothing, technical knowledge, religious beliefs and legends, he argues, expose deep cultural roots in China. The Island of Seven Cities unveils the first tangible proof that the Chinese were in the New World before Columbus.
Evidence that Cape Breton is the site of a Chinese settlement:
-Stone roads with dimensions and building properties that match Chinese roads
-A ruined city and surrounding farmlands designed in the manner of the Chinese
-Language and clothing of the indigenous Mi’kmaq match Chinese dress
-Mi’kmaq legends tell of a wise man from across the seas who imparted Confucian advice
-In 1490, before he left for the Americas, Christopher Columbus mapped an island that looked like Cape Breton based on the travels of others
From the Trade Paperback edition.