Astronomy Led Canoe Explorers To Hawaii’s Shores

//Astronomy Led Canoe Explorers To Hawaii’s Shores

The stars have been a constant companion to oceanic explorers since they left their island homeland in Taiwan 3,000 years ago. Searching for new island homes, they used their location within the tropics to devise a star compass to orientate their canoes while they sailed and an immense vault of stored memory to document orally the direction in which discoveries lay.

Armed with the knowledge of how stars move between eastern and western horizons, they explored with confidence the uncharted waters of Oceania and mentally recorded the many locations of habitable islands throughout the Pacific.

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