- May 2016
You didn’t answer to my question, heylouis. I would like to hear a direct answer.as recorded, he was given access to the ming court storage, and was ordered to draw with western mapping drawing techniques.
Ricci is unrelated to the Spanish explorations. it was not a time of sharing back in that time.
more over, knowing the sea route from central america to asia does not imply any knowledge of the western coast of america.
further more, australia already shows on the ming map. the map was first made a few years before the netherland exploration of australia.
Anyway, your post has a couple of incorrect things. Mateo Ricci was a Jesuit. You may know that the Jesuits were a originated Spanish order.
Commonly the Jesuits arrived to China via the Indian Ocean, to Goa, the Catholic Metropolitan See for all the Orient, that made often the Jesuits a tool of the Portuguese diplomacy in the East, while the mendicant orders, the Franciscans and the Dominicans were closer to the Castilian diplomacy, so a Jesuit in the Orient was totally related with the Iberian Explorations, in fact they were a tool of them.
Furthermore you should take a look of the usual trade routes from North America (Acapulco is in today’s Mexico, North America) to the Philippines, in the age of sail. It was not a strait forward route. If it was the Castilian would not take so long to find an ideal one. Take a quick look to Wikipedia: Manila galleon - Wikipedia
I already posted an academic study about the route here. If you want further details I will search if and post it again. But in a quick look to the map you will be aware that the route went along the American Coast, the same happened when links were made to Panama and Peru.
The case of Australia is a quite different one. You know that Ricci studied in Coimbra, sailed with the Portuguese to the Orient, was in Goa and Macau. Either the Castilian or the Portuguese (at the time with the same king) can be the source of the coast of Australia, naturally there are other possibilities, and the Chinese are not the only one. The Dutch were officially the first Europeans to discover Australia, if they were in fact the first ones is a matter of hard debate, we have tips that they weren’t but we have not a final uncontroversial evidence, that was discusses recently in a thread about the theme. But the idea that there was a land there could be even older than the European explorations.