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"Was it a continuous and extensive trade network with political interactions like in the ancient Mediterranean?" No. Unlike the Mediterranean, trade is much more marginal in Polynesia. The problem is that all of the islands pretty much all had the same resources. Now, within the same island chain, there was potential for specialisation in comparative ...


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Thor Heyerdahl proved it was possible with the Kon-tiki raft to sail from Polynesia to South America. Later he did a similar experiment to see if Egyptians could have crossed the Atlantic with boats build out of papyrus. More precisely, he didn't really proof it was possible: he proved it was not impossible. That doesn't want say it was likely, and it ...


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I would think the vikings would count because their navigation was based on the sun and stars just like those who followed them. The Vikings not only crossed the North Atlantic but they also went into the Mediterranean and Black Sea. And while they never discovered a sea route to India or China that should not detract from their accomplishments because ...


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This is unproven. There are several major claims of possible prehistoric contact between Polynesians and the Americas. The Polynesian culture was the more maritime one. It reached as far as Easter Island with certainty, and why would it have not gone farther? The Inca did have seaworthy rafts but only for coasting. If Topa Inca Yupanqui's sea voyage truly ...


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There was contact, but trade wasn't on their mind. A few factors to consider: The land is incredibly fertile. Fish are simple to gather, the land is lush and full of ready food sources, and there are tons of resources to make tools from. Islands are relatively consistent. Most islands usually contained the same generally abundant resources and there ...


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