The far-spread Polynesian race. Intrepid neolithic voyagers. A western homeland. Polynesian communities of western Pacific. Ancestors of Polynesians pass through Indonesia. Exploring and drift voyages. European fear of deep ocean. Voyaging-area of Polynesians Polynesian voyages to Melanesia. Uninhabited isles formerly occupied. The Tahiti – New Zealand voyage. Steering by wave-trend and heavenly bodies. Sunday Island and the lost isle of Tuanaki. Volcanic disturbances in the Pacific. Polynesians reach eastern Pacific. Who preceded them in that region? The Manahune. Easter Island. Antiquity of man in Polynesia. Polynesians an adventurous people. Intercourse between groups. The Argonauts. Economic plants and animals carried by voyagers. Exploring voyages. Search for homeland. Samoan voyages. Long voyages. The voyage of Uenga. The “frail canoe” theory. Trade - winds. Sailing-qualities of Polynesian vessels. Drift voyages. Bligh's boat-voyages of four thousand miles. Ocean currents. Japanese drift voyages to American coast. Fog and change of wind a great danger to compassless voyagers. Castaways in New Zealand. Quiros and his miracle. Colenso and his myth. Voyages from New Zealand to Polynesia. Starting-places. Drift voyages from New Zealand. Voyage of Aratawhao. Intercourse between Tahiti and Hawaii. Origin of Polynesian food plants. Voyages from Rarotonga to New Zealand. Voyages of Hui-te-rangiora. Canoe-making. Tahitian voyages. The pahi
. Rude charts. Golden age of Polynesian vikings. Voyage of Kupe
. Legend of Rata. Voyage of Werohia. Sailing-rate of canoes. Heavenly bodies serve as guides. Course set by landmarks. Sea stores. Polynesian colonies in Melanesia. Melanesian element in Polynesia. Science of navigation. The splendid water roads.
Map showing some Recorded Voyages of the Polynesians.
Maori War Canoe.
Model of Double Canoe With Lateen Sail, Western Pacific.
Photo by H. Hamilton.