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Lapita Expansion

2000 BCE — 500 CE

History's greatest navigators

The year is 2000 BCE, and a new people have arrived on the island of Papua New Guinea. New Guinea had been home to neolithic peoples for 60,000 years, but the arrival of the seafaring Lapita, who came by canoe from Southeast Asia, kickstarted three thousands years of naval exploration, settlement, and an explosion of new cultures and languages across the southern Pacific. 

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