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The Stone Staues of Easter Island Ever since 1722 when Captain Jacob Roggeveen a Dutchman and the first European known to have reached Easter Island arrived scholars have debated the origins of the isolated population he found there It is daunting to imagine a voyage to Easter Island from any direction which would have taken a minimum of two weeks covering several thousand miles of seemingly endless ocean It is clear however that the original inhabitants must have come from a sea-faring culture adept at building long-voyaging vessels and navigating the open seas Linguists estimate Easter Islands first inhabitants arrived around AD 400 and most agree that they came from East Polynesia The archaeological record suggests a somewhat later date of settlement between AD 700 and 800 As early as BC 5500 people in Melanesia were voyaging in boats and trading in obsidian Heyerdahl The westward movement of people continued until Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands were reached at least by AD 300 Voyaging canoes moved southward northward and southeast to ultimately inhabit Easter Island Hawaii and New Zealand all in the short period of about 400 years When Europeans first explored the Pacific and sailed from island to island they noticed that the people of various islands no matter how distant had similar customs Inhabitants looked similar in appearance and they were often able to understand each other even though they came from islands thousands of miles apart These linguistic links point to a genealogical bond that ties the people of the Pacific to one another Indeed in 1994 DNA from 12 Easter Island skeletons was found to be Polynesian Diamond According to an Easter Island legend some 1500 years ago a Polynesian chief named Hotu Matua The Great Parent sailed here in a double canoe from an unknown Polynesian island with his wife and extended family He may have been
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