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Why Were Madagascar and New Zealand Discovered So Late?

By and large new uninhabited landmasses were discovered in one of three ways: By hunter-gatherers, walking there when the sea level was much lower at the end of the last glaciation. By hunter-...
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Why was New Guinea not colonized by Austronesians the way Indonesia was?

I think the vital piece of information you were missing that made this appear to be a mystery was that, unlike a lot of the rest of Indonesia, the native inhabitants of New Guinea that the ...
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Why Were Madagascar and New Zealand Discovered So Late?

Because New Zealand is an isolated archipelago a long way from anywhere; and everywhere: Here is the North Atlantic at the same scale: One might as well ask why it took so long for the Americas or ...
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Why Were Madagascar and New Zealand Discovered So Late?

You can't just go sailing to nowhere. You need to know where you're going, what you expect to find, and how long it'll take to get there. Imagine for example you're a native on Australia. You look ...
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Why was Madagascar settled by far-flung Austronesian seafarers?

Polynesian navigators made good use of ocean winds and currents. When following the Indian Ocean Gyre, the most logical way to arrive to Madagascar is from the East: If you look up the South Pacific ...
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Why was Madagascar settled by far-flung Austronesian seafarers?

(Instead of commenting, which can get lengthy, especially with questions, I thought it best to deliver this in the format of an answer.) Issue: The answer does not fit the question. Given that OP has ...
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