Against All Odds: The Incredible Journey of a Drug

Out of Taiwan

Archeologists and historians have determined that migration from Southern China to Taiwan started about 12,000 years ago. About 3000 -4000 thousand years later (or about 8000-9000 thousand years ago) ancient Taiwanese inhabitants set out by canoes or catamarans, and about 3500 years ago reached the Bismarck archipelago, on the eastern edge of Melanesia. Within a mere three or four centuries between about 1300 and 900 BC, they spread 3,500 miles further to the east from the Bismarck Archipelago, until they reached as far as Fiji, Tonga, and Samoa which were populated around 2,000 years ago (1st century A.D). In this region, the distinctive Polynesian culture developed. About 800 A.D, the Polynesian explorers finally reached Easter island, or Rapa Nui in the Polynesian language, at the extreme east of the “Polynesian triangle.”

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