How did our ancestors colonize remote South Pacific islands?

The small Island of Yap know for its Stone Money located in the South Pacific and is part of Micronesia. Time has stood still in this part of the world and the Yapese treasure even today their culture and tradition. Women walking around topless without a shame and go about their daily life. But Yap is also famous for its "resident" large Manta Rays and many other amazing ddive sites. Yap, Micronesia

Some 3,400 years ago,…people on the Solomon Islands left their white sandy shores for the cerulean seas of the South Pacific. Their adventures brought humanity to the most remote reaches of Oceania, like the tropical islands of Hawaii, Tonga and Fiji.

Archaeological evidence suggests that after setting sail from the Solomon Islands, people crossed more than 2,000 miles of open ocean to colonize islands like Tonga and Samoa. But after 300 years of island hopping, they halted their expansion for 2,000 years more before continuing….

“Why is it that the people stopped for 2,000 years?” said Dr. [Alvaro Montenegro, a geographer and climatologist from Ohio State University].

To answer these questions, Dr. Montenegro and his colleagues ran numerous voyage simulations and concluded that the Long Pause that delayed humans from reaching Hawaii, Tahiti and New Zealand occurred because the early explorers were unable to sail through the strong winds that surround Tonga and Samoa.

“Our paper supports the idea that what people needed was boating technology or navigation technology that would allow them to move efficiently against the wind,” Dr. Montenegro said.

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