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Why was New Guinea not colonized by Austronesians the way Indonesia was?

The map of Austronesian expansion across the Asia-Pacific looks very peculiar: The Austronesians colonized all major islands of the Indonesian archipelago, and almost all of the habitable islands of ...
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Why was Madagascar settled by far-flung Austronesian seafarers?

I have found that seafarers from Oceania were the first to inhabit Madagascar instead of the much closer Africans in what is today Mozambique. Why is this so?
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Why Were Madagascar and New Zealand Discovered So Late?

Considering how exploration over long distances into the unknown has been a part of human nature right at the beginning, it's surprising that some fairly large places have been discovered relatively ...
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