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The Discovery of Polynesia

The Discovery of Polynesia

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  • South SeasIsland Paradise!The Last Frontier
    Posting II, Peoples and Empires
    Terry Onley
  • French explorer Antoine de Bougainville left Nantes in 1766, and discoveredTahiti in April of 1768…
  • He was most impressed withthe health, beauty, and generaldemeanor of the people.
    Noble Savages!
    Especially the women…
  • Captain James Cook made severalvoyages to the Pacific Islands shortlythereafter, and was similarly impressedby these kind, gentle folk, so unlikethe warlike people of Europe…
    Huh?!?!
  • Unfortunately, in Feb. of 1779, a group of these peaceful folkkilled Captain Cook and 4 of his Marines on a beach on theidyllic island of Hawaii…
    The Chiefs thendisemboweled him,baked him, and
    removed his bones, preserving them as a gesture of respect…
  • Aloha, Captain Cook!
    Sources:
    • Peoples and Empires, All Slides
    • Wikipedia, Slides 4 & 5
    • Google Images, All Slides