The bamboo raft as a key to the introduction of the sweet potato in prehistoric Polynesia

@article{Langdon2001TheBR,
  title={The bamboo raft as a key to the introduction of the sweet potato in prehistoric Polynesia},
  author={R. Langdon},
  journal={The Journal of Pacific History},
  year={2001},
  volume={36},
  pages={51 - 76}
}
  • R. Langdon
  • Published 2001
  • History
  • The Journal of Pacific History
The idea that American Indians played no part in Polynesian prehistory originated with J.R. Forster, a companion of Cook on his second voyage. Forster made a comparative study of five Polynesian languages, using a basic list of 40 words that included 'sweet potato'. He concluded that although there were many similarities between those languages and the languages of Southeast Asia, 'no distant or accidental similarity' existed between the Polynesian and American languages. Moreover, the… Expand
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