1421 Foundation


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There are a number of exciting projects which need funding and support.



Gavin and the team have been reading and researching for over 20 years. A huge amount of the archive materials studied have been scanned and processed digitally. The “Menzies Archive”was donated to Yunnan University in Kunming, where it is held at the University Library. The 1421 Foundation has established a close working relationship with Yunnan University, Yunnan University Library, and Yunnan Zheng He’s Studies Association, demonstrating a sustained commitment to studying and sharing of our understanding and insights of Zheng He and his voyages.

Together, Yunnan University and the 1421 Foundation commit to continued research, education, and outreach efforts; beginning in three specific areas:

(1) Yunnan University Library will establish a sole data center and catalogue the archives donated by Gavin Menzies. This data center will be open to all teachers, students and the general public.

(2) Yunnan University will, in conjunction with the “Belt and Road Initiative” in China, promote and strengthen the study of Zheng He’s voyages in MA and PhD programs.

(3) Yunnan University and Yunnan Zheng He’s Studies Association will strengthen the academic and educational cooperation with the 1421 Foundation at the student and scholar exchange level.

It is hoped that, in the coming years, and through our cooperation and joint efforts, the extent and significance of Zheng He and his voyages will become universally understood and accepted.



The 1421 Foundation is developing a travelling exhibition which explores the evolution of world maps through the ages. It was agreed that the exhibition would be held initially at the Royal Geographical Society, London, and then travel around the world. The aim of the exhibition and accompanying seminars is to provide the world with stunning visual proof that China had been exploring and mapping the world for millennia before the European “Age of Discovery” began in the fifteenth century. The exhibition will bring together, in plain sight, and at hugely prestigious and relevant venues, the cartographic proof which shows that great exploratory voyages from Asia had mapped and circumnavigated the world by 1421 AD.

The culmination of these great voyages of discovery can be seen in the “Impossible Black Tulip”, Matteo Ricci’s Chinese world map of 1602, a copy of which the Royal Geographical Society has displayed on its very own walls in the Map Room. Accompanying the two week exhibition in the RGS Pavilion, will be a series of seminars led by a panel of experts from around the world who will show, beyond reasonable doubt, that the great European explorers all set sail using maps which were based on Chinese knowledge of the world, acquired over several millennia of global exploration.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a book, brochure and television documentary.



Part of the 1421 Foundation’s goal is to support the development of curriculum-based learning. We would like to give students the option to learn about the evidence of early man’s exploration of the world through experiential and un-biased class …


Cheng Ho Cultural Museum, Malacca

This remarkable museum founded by Drs. Tan Ta Sen in Malacca, Malaysia, is built on one of the original entrpots used by Zhneg He’s fleets. When the “1421 Exhibition” held in Singapore in 2006 closed, part of it was moved to the Menzies 1421 Gallery at the Cheng Ho Cultural Museum in Malacca, and Dr. Tan has now requested the 1421 foundation assit him in refurbishing and breathing new life into his museum.