THE VENETIANS by Paul Strathern | Kirkus Reviews pg 175. It was a pipe dream, but the Venetians were desperate after the Portuguese rounded Africa.Venice attempted to make a deal with the Mamelukes to build a Suez Canal in the 1500s?
That's in the first amendment to our constitution
They have the best food and the best women.
Four centuries of Polynesian trade moved stone tools over 2,000kmSelf-torture?
Are you talking to me here? If so, then Yes, I guess that I might have been too unfair to the Polynesians. However, were the Polynesians anywhere near as good at navigation and mapmaking as Europeans were? In other words, did Polynesians know where various Pacific islands were located and how to go back where they came from?
This article suggests the polynesia trade extended a decent time period and they didn't just wander out into the ocean to never be seen again. Some of the trade goods they had, even suggested they made contact with the Inca or south Americans due to the sweet potato.