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Old 02-14-2013, 02:08 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Timbo's hopeless slice View Post

http://mondediplo.com/2005/09/18zhenghe

"27,000 men aboard 317 ships. The most impressive vessels were the treasure ships, built of hardwood, 130 metres long and 50 metres wide; by the side of them, Columbusís 28-metre long Santa Maria, in which he reached the Americas, would have looked like a dinghy, and he had only three ships and 270 men."

as for tennis, they had more finalists in the most recent grand slam than the USA managed
I'm not sure that Columbus' fleet was indicative of the height of European ship-building at the time.

But anyway, interesting stuff.
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