Saint Helena - first inhabitants?

Tulius

Ad Honorem
May 2016
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Portugal
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kon-Tiki_expedition

Kon Tiki Expedition
When I was a kid, I was absolutely enthralled by this adventure and could not read enough books on the subject. Thor Heyerdahl was a house-hold name.

His theory, which he proved by sailing there in a reed boat from Lake Titicaca, was that it was possible for South Americans to reach Easter Island.

Easter Island, remote from anywhere, but being so much nearer South America than Polynesia, it was thought certain that he was right.

However we now know he was absolutely wrong. Easter Islanders are Polynesians and we have DNA to prove it.

Ever since then, I am skeptical of claims unless proven - we need proof of African presence in St Helena. Just because it is possible does mean it happened.
Good post, peccavi! I recall when I read Thor's book... I also found it fascinating.
 

Lord Fairfax

Ad Honorem
Jan 2015
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Changing trains at Terrapin Station...
Why would this pose a major hindrance though? :notrust:
It's damaging to both people and livestock.
It's harder to build up infrastructure (including ships) if your population is sick, hungry and preoccupied with surviving and finding food.
 

geb

Jul 2011
587
western Europe
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kon-Tiki_expedition

Kon Tiki Expedition
When I was a kid, I was absolutely enthralled by this adventure and could not read enough books on the subject. Thor Heyerdahl was a house-hold name.

His theory, which he proved by sailing there in a reed boat from Lake Titicaca, was that it was possible for South Americans to reach Easter Island.

Easter Island, remote from anywhere, but being so much nearer South America than Polynesia, it was thought certain that he was right.

However we now know he was absolutely wrong. Easter Islanders are Polynesians and we have DNA to prove it.[

Ever since then, I am skeptical of claims unless proven - we need proof of African presence in St Helena. Just because it is possible does mean it happened.
Ooops, hold on...

https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/history/genealogy/new-study-shows-native-americans-traveled-to-easter-island-before-european-contact/

Kon-Tiki explorer was partly right ? Polynesians had South American roots - Telegraph
 
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geb

Jul 2011
587
western Europe
^ So far, nobody has managed to counter-validate the above claim; therefore I am assuming:

- the Native American voyage to Easter Island was more than likely...
- hence, just as was their attainment of Saint Helena island
 
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