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Heavenly Bodies in the Pacific April 22, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Heavenly Bodies in the Pacific

The meetings between Western explorers and Pacific peoples in the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries saw a whole host of misunderstandings. And among the most interesting of these was, on the Polynesian side, the question of where the outsiders – with their great sailing boats and white skins – came from. Curiously, there are a rash […]

Image: Tupaia’s Map March 23, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Image: Tupaia's Map

History faculties have spent much of the last forty years demonstrating to their own satisfaction that the rise of the West is not ‘the whole story’. Hiding behind enslaved Africans, small-poxed Carribean islanders and various downtrodden Asian peoples there are other narratives struggling to get out. Beachcombing is all for looking at the other side […]