A little history . . .

June 16, 2021

. . . some anthropology, mythology, research and a little conjecture have come together to shed new light on the exploration of Antarctica and the Southern Pacific Ocean.

While European explorers landed on Antarctica in the 1820s, a recent report in the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand puts forth the theory that Maori mariners landed on that southern continent as early as the 7th century.

Their work is based on the history of Polynesian people traveling long distances across the Pacific coupled with the oral traditions of the Maori – who were instrumental in assisting the European explorers with navigating the route to Antarctica, providing maps and guidance on their ventures. The authors said they hope that further research will enrich the pool of knowledge regarding these early explorers.

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