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Vanished Islands and Hidden Continents of the Pacific$
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Patrick D. Nunn

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832193

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832193.001.0001

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The Coming of Humans to the Pacific

The Coming of Humans to the Pacific

(p.71) 5 The Coming of Humans to the Pacific
Vanished Islands and Hidden Continents of the Pacific

Patrick D. Nunn

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter explains when and how humans reached the Pacific Basin and spread across it. When humans first encountered the Pacific Ocean, the available indications are that they did not think much of it, perceiving it as a barrier rather than an opportunity. It took perhaps 10,000 years of intermittent contact with the ocean for the relationship to change significantly and for the first coastal-dwelling humans in the Pacific to come to depend on marine foods. This change may have taken place initially when humans from southern China moved south into Southeast Asia. As people began to make more use of ocean foods, they naturally became more adept at interacting with the ocean. They devised innovative techniques for collecting marine foods, developing the technology and vessels to enable them to venture increasingly farther offshore in search of foods from deeper waters.

Keywords:   Pacific Basin, vanished islands, hidden continents, Pacific Islanders

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