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06/08/2011 12:53 pm ET | Updated Aug 08, 2011

Zheng He, Chinese Explorer, Ancient Ship Sought Off African Coast

LAMU, Kenya -- Did the Chinese come to East Africa before the Europeans?

China says yes, as do a growing number of Western historians. To prove the theory, Chinese and Kenyan archeologists are now searching the African coast for the fabled wreck of a Ming dynasty junk --an ancient chinese sailing vessel -- from the fleet of legendary 15th-century explorer Zheng He.

A new report, obtained by GlobalPost, reveals that the researchers have identified several shipwrecks of interest off the Kenyan coast near the World Heritage site of Lamu.

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