A hugely popular account of a 1947 raft sailing trip along the Humboldt and Equatorial currents from Peru to Tahiti, where the author set out to prove that early humans could have made the trip. Not just a great adventure story, the voyage and Heyerdahl's theories have been influential in the debate over settlement of the region. With photographs.
Author: Thor Heyerdahl • F. H. Lyon (Translator)
NHA Staff Recommendation:
"It was Thor Heyerdahl's theory that Polynesia was populated by sea-faring immigrants from South America. In response to critics he set off from Peru on a raft made of balsa wood and bamboo (the same materials the ancient Peruvians would have used) and sailed off the coast to prove that it was possible to cross the Pacific using ocean currents. One of the classic adventure stories." – Greg Courter
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