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Historical trading between the pacific islands (Pre-Columbus)

Many thanks to Kanchan Bandyopadhyay for this graphic showing transoceanic commerce between Pacific Islands before Columbus was even born.

Blue lines show where Samoan-manufactured lithics were EXPORTED to and red shows where Tongans IMPORTED their stone goods from. Pohnpei is 2,500 miles (4,000 km) from Samoa, and Tahiti is 1,700 miles (2,700 km) from Tonga – and the ancestors were sailing these routes intentionally for commerce, conflict, marriage and vacation.

pre-Columbus trading in the Pacific Islands

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