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http://bit.ly/kontiki Kon-Tiki is the Academy Award-winning film of an astonishing adventure, a journey spanning 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean by raft.
Intrigued by Polynesian folklore, Norwegian biologist Thor Heyerdahl suspected that the South Sea Islands had been settled by an ancient race from thousands of miles to the east, led by the mythical hero Kon-Tiki. Heyerdahl knew that the trade winds and ocean currents off the South-American coastline bear in the direction of Polynesia. Ridiculed by the scientific establishment, who had concluded that a voyage by aboriginal balsa raft from Peru to Polynesia was impossible, he decided to prove the possibility of his theory by duplicating the legendary voyage. The ensuing expedition was hailed as one of the most fantastic feats of daring and courage of its time.
Long before Christopher Columbus, Africans may have been using favorable sea currents and small boats to come to the Americas.21 One of the reasons Columbus was sent on his return voyage was "a report of the Indians of this Espaniola who said that there had come to Espaniola from the south and south-east, a black people who have the tops of their spears made of a metal which they call `guanin' (gold)."22 The Canary Current, which runs off the coast of Senegal and then turns into the Atlantic to the Caribbean, is strong enough to carry vessels from Africa to the Americas.23 Thor Heyerdahl, in his Kon Tiki and RA expeditions, proved that even the smallest boats could make this passage.24
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