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What degree of relations did the different Hawaiian islands have between themselves before Kamehameha's unification?

I am trying to figure out if there were actual cultural, commercial and political links among the islands, and especially if there was an actual Hawaiian unified identity or this is constructed after ...
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Demographics: Were diseases the sole reason for the decrease in native Hawaiian population?

Wikipedia says: After Europeans and mainland Americans first arrived during the Kingdom of Hawaii period, the overall population of Hawaii, until that time composed solely of indigenous Hawaiians, ...
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To what extent were Polynesians in contact with one-another before European contact?

Motivation Pacific islanders (Polynesians, Melanesians, Micronesians) before contact with Europeans were able seafarers that had discovered and settled virtually all Pacific islands that could ...
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What country has the shortest history of human habitation?

Feel free to interpret the question as referring to either permanent human habitation or human habitation in general.
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Is there evidence to suggest movement of a pre-modern people group from South America to New Caledonia?

Recently we toured the New Calendonia culture centre. Our guide pointed to this marking on a rock, and said: My wife did a Masters in History in Canberra, and other experts have found rocks with ...
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Looking for a people where the “traditional” gender roles are shifted [closed]

Quite some time ago, I read about a people —I think it was a people of islanders in the Pacific Ocean— where women were displaying what is considered in Western societies as a masculine behaviour, and,...
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Easter Islands: were the Islanders starving when found?

I was working on wording a food question for Pitcairn islanders (settlers from the Bounty mutiny) when I happened across this article. It suggests that the 'commonly known' theories of the Easter ...
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