Polynesian Voyaging: Landfalls in the Americas
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O ne case of pre-Columbian transoceanic voyaging is indubitable: the colonization of the eastern Pacific by Polynesians. At first post-Columbian contact by European explorers, nearly every island and atoll in the vast central and eastern Pacific was inhabited by people speaking Polynesian languages and sharing many cultural traits. No land bridges had ever connected the islands; the people had arrived on the islands in distinctive sailing canoes. Their presence proved the oceangoing capability of the boats and their navigators. Their motive seemed clear: finding new lands to accommodate growing populations.