Tupaia

Tupaia : The Remarkable Story of Captain Cook's Polynesian Navigator

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The remarkable story of Tupaia, Captain Cook's Polynesian navigator. Winner of NZ Post 2012 Best General Non-fiction Book Award. 'We are often told what great navigators ancient Polynesians were but we've seldom had it demonstrated so convincingly or with such clarity.' Paul Little North & South Tupaia, lauded by Europeans as 'an extraordinary genius', sailed with Captain Cook from Tahiti, piloted the Endeavour about the South Pacific, and interceded with Maori in NZ. Tupaia, a gifted linguist, a brilliant orator, and a most devious politician, could aptly be called the Machiavelli of Tahiti. Being highly skilled in astronomy, navigation, and meteorology, and an expert in the geography of the Pacific, he was able to name directional stars and predict landfalls and weather throughout the voyage from Tahiti to Java. Though he had no previous knowledge of writing or mapmaking, Tupaia drew a chart of the Pacific that encompassed every major group in Polynesia and extended more than 4,000 kilometres from the Marquesas to Rotuma and Fiji. He was also the ship's translator, able to communicate with all the Polynesian people they met. As a man of high social ranking,

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  • Paperback | 439 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 28mm | 1,040g
  • Random House New Zealand Ltd
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1869797132
  • 9781869797133

About Joan Druett

Joan Druett is an independent maritime historian and writer associated with the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies, Wellington. She had published many award-winning maritime studies, including In the Wake of Madness (2003) and Island of the Lost (2007), and is also the author of the popular Wiki Coffin mystery series.

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