Voyaging Canoes and the Settlement of Polynesia

  title={Voyaging Canoes and the Settlement of Polynesia},
  author={Ben R. Finney},
  pages={1277 - 1285}
  • B. Finney
  • Published 1977
  • History, Medicine
  • Science
Sailing trials with two reconstructed Polynesian double canoes indicate that these craft can make good a course to windward up to approximately 75� off the wind on long ocean voyages. This windward performance would have enabled Polynesians to exert a degree of control over their movements that would have been denied them had they only been able to sail or drift before wind and current. Indeed, without this windward sailing capacity there probably never would have been a Polynesian people today… Expand

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