Summary: The Pacific
Made up of 3 areas--Micronesia, Polynesia
and Melanesia, whose territories overlap
intermingle. The majority of these islands
are 50-200 miles apart, and the ratio of land
to water is 2 to 1000.
There is a greater need for sea rovers in
Micronesia and Polynesia than in Melanesia,
thus leading to more outstanding navigators
in Micronesia and Polynesia.
Also, there were many inter-island contact
The Ancient Art
Highly organized navigation systems existed throughout Oceania in pre-European times. This
heritage is worth 2000 years. Particular ideas and techniques were favoured in different
archipelagos in accordance to local geographical and social factors, but from what was deduced
form recorded information, methods were surprisingly homogenous.
There exist various and non-exclusive reasons for voyaging: adventure, as all over Oceania they