Tuesday, January 02, 2007

New book mentions Rapa Nui's isolation

Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration
Historian retraces the steps by which the far-flung people reconnected in 'Pathfinders'
by Michael Upchurch [The Seattle Times]
2 January 2007

For centuries, maritime explorers deliberately headed into the wind—this, despite the better headway you make if you have the wind behind you. But, he notes, if the wind is behind you, your chances of getting back home are severely diminished. Hence the isolation that Hawaii, Easter Island, New Zealand and other far-flung, Polynesian-settled locales found themselves in when, once established, they were unable to keep up contact with their parent culture because of unfavorable winds over vast distances.

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