Voyagers: The Settlement of the Pacific
While this book does not go into great detail about how early humans settled the south Pacific Ocean, I expected less of a focus on the European navigators that were charting the waters and bringing back items such as spices and conquest and more about how people made it across such a vastness of space before modern technology.
In this slim book, by the time readers even reach the point of early humans rowing boats across the Pacific, they are halfway through the book, as a long chunk of it is focused on the Europeans and their interactions with the native inhabitants. This book would have been more useful if it was a study of how people made it from island to island, explored their myths, stories, and legends to delve deeper into the mystery, and worked at how they felt about the Europeans in their larger ships and with their different customs.
I am not sure who this book is aimed at, maybe people who have zero knowledge of the Pacific, but it does itself very few favors.
|Page Count||224 pages|
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