I have a holiday surprise for my readers! You may consider it my Hanukkah/Christmas gift to you. While going through my notes over the past week, it occurred to me that because I had written about the exploration of the Pacific, on and off over the years, it wouldn’t take too much effort to turn it into a full-fledged history chapter. So here it is, covering the South Pacific during its age of exploration:
1500 to 1780 A.D.
Demographics at the Time of the European Arrival
The Mysterious Southern Continent
Did Spain Discover Hawaii First?
The Spanish Lake
Early Expeditions to Australia
The Discovery of Easter Island
The Discovery of Tahiti
I know, Chapter 1 hasn’t been written yet, so II ‘d better compose something soon for the years before 1500. It reminds me of when Neil Simon produced a movie called “Chapter 2,” and people wondered, “Where’s Chapter 1?” Currently I estimate it will take four chapters to tell the complete story of Oceania, since there are not a whole lot of people in the region, or many records before the last few centuries. In that sense, Chapter 1 will be prehistory more than written history.
Because I have started a new subject on The Xenophile Historian, I will also have to post links to it from all the other folders. That will take a few days, but the most important links, from this blog and the home page, are up already.
Perhaps Melikaliki Maka (Merry Christmas in Hawaiian) is the most appropriate thing to say here!