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Lengthy earlier than Magellan entered the Pacific in 1521 Westerners entertained principles of undiscovered oceans, potent continents, and paradisal islands on the a long way ends of the earth - such principles may have a longevity and a deep impression in either the Pacific and the West. With the invention of Tahiti in 1767 one other strong fable was once additional to this assortment: the noble savage. For the 1st time Westerners have been faced via a those who appeared happier than themselves. This revolution within the human sciences used to be observed by way of one within the normal sciences after Darwin's momentous stopover at to the Galapagos Islands. The Pacific produced different demanding situations for nineteenth-century researchers on race and tradition, and for these rationale on exporting their religions to this sizeable area of the globe. because the century wore on, the quarter offered possibilities and dilemmas for the imperial powers, a approach was once speeded up via the Pacific battle among 1941 and 1945. Strangers within the South Seas recounts and illustrates this tale utilizing a wealth of basic texts.

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