The Island of Seven Cities: Where the Chinese Settled When They Discovered America

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Macmillan, 2007 - History - 376 pages

In 2003, Paul Chiasson climbed a mountain he never explored on the island where he grew up. Cape Breton, one of the oldest points of exploration in the Americas, is littered with remnants of old settlements. The road he found that day was unique. Consistently wide and formerly bordered with stone walls, the road had been a major undertaking. For the next two years, he surveyed the history of Europeans in North America, and came to a stunning conclusion: The ruins he came upon did not belong to the Portuguese, French, or English and pre-dated John Cabot's "discovery" of the island in 1497. With aerial and site photographs, maps, drawings and his expertise in the history of architecture, Chiasson pieces together clues to one of the world's great mysteries. The Island of Seven Cities reveals the existence of a large Chinese colony that thrived on Canadian shores well before the European Age of Discovery and unveils the first tangible proof that the Chinese were in the New World before Columbus.

 

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Contents

Cut Stones in the Wilderness
1
Finding the Edges of the World
25
A Father Effaced
43
Lost Brothers
62
After the Portuguese
73
The French Settle In
91
More Brothers
107
A Puzzling Change of Mind
123
An Unexpected Discovery
212
A Family Gathering
219
The Summit
233
The Wall and Beyond
250
Parallel Threads
267
Gavin and Gold
290
Washington
298
Family Reunions
319

Island of the Dispossessed
145
Mysteries of the Mikmaq
157
A Light in the East
180
Learning Anew
195
Illustrations
348
Acknowledgements
363
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PAUL CHIASSON, a Yale-educated architect with a specialty in the history and theory of religious architechture has taught at Yale, the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and the University of Toronto. He lives in Toronto.

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