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A mixture of Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel and Simon Winchester’s Pacific, an exhilarating highbrow detective tale that appears deep into the prior to discover who first settled the islands of the distant Pacific, the place they got here from, how they received there, and the way we all know.

For greater than a millennium, Polynesians have occupied the remotest islands within the Pacific Ocean, an unlimited triangle stretching from Hawaii to New Zealand to Easter Island. till the arriving of ecu explorers they have been the one humans to have ever lived there. either the main heavily comparable and the main broadly dispersed humans on this planet sooner than the period of mass migration, Polynesians can hint their roots to a gaggle of epic voyagers who ventured out into the unknown in a single of the best adventures in human background.

How did the earliest Polynesians locate and colonize those far-flung islands? How did a humans with out writing or steel instruments overcome the most important ocean on this planet? This conundrum, which got here to be referred to as the matter of Polynesian Origins, emerged within the eighteenth century as one of many nice geographical mysteries of mankind.

For Christina Thompson, this secret is own: her Maori husband and their sons descend at once from those old navigators. In Sea People, Thompson explores the interesting tale of those ancestors, in addition to these of the numerous sailors, linguists, archaeologists, folklorists, biologists, and geographers who've wondered over this background for 3 hundred years. A masterful mixture of historical past, geography, anthropology, and the technological know-how of navigation, Sea humans combines the fun of exploration with the drama of discovery in a bright journey of 1 of the main attractive areas within the world.

Sea People contains an 8-page photograph insert, illustrations all through, and a couple of endpaper maps.

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