aT The beginning of our erA, in AlmoST every corner of The worlD, nAvigATion of The high SeAS wAS STill limiTeD To voyAgeS cloSe To The coASTlineS. Somehow, The migrATion AnD SeTTlemenT of The pAcific iSlAnDS SeemS To hAve been The only excepTion, mAking iT The moST impreSSive mAriTime AchievemenT in The hiSTory of humAniTy. buT where DiD The polyneSiAnS come from, AnD how DiD They mAnAge To mAke Their wAy AcroSS The lArgeST oceAn in The worlD ?

The Settlement of the Pacific

L’odyssée polynésienne

The Polynesian Odyssey

Le peuplement du Pacifique

AlorS que pArTouT AilleurS, à l’Aube De noTre ère, lA nAvigATion Se limiTe encore SouvenT à Du cAboTAge non loin DeS côTeS, le peuplemenT DeS îleS polynéSienneS eST SAnS Aucun DouTe l’un DeS pluS grAnDS exploiTS mAriTimeS De l’hiSToire De l’humAniTé. mAiS D’où viennenT Donc leS polynéSienS qui S’élAncèrenT AinSi Sur le pluS vASTe océAn Du monDe ?

RECONSTITUTION D'UNE PIROGUE TRADITIONNELLE DE VOyAGE, AU LARGE DE NUKU HIVA AUx MARqUISES reconstruction of a traditional polynesian outrigger sailing close to nuku hiva island in the marquesas archipelago

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