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UNIT 3: Peopling the Pacific and the Americas

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VIDEO SEGMENT: Units of Analysis

Once Homo sapiens began to migrate out of Africa approximately 100,000 years ago, they spread out across nearly every type of natural environment and eventually populated every habitable area of the world. This segment traces the peopling of the Pacific and the Americas, using a combination of scientific, linguistic, and oral clues.

The first indisputable evidence of human habitation on the Australian continent dates back 35,000 years. This evidence is supplemented by the oral tradition of Australian Aborigines, which tells of a "dream time" when peoples came by canoe from the sea to populate the land. In addition, the fact that Aboriginal languages are distinct from other human languages testifies to the existence of human populations on the continent for many millennia.

Between 75,000 and 12,000 years ago, humans also reached the Americas. They traveled there via a land bridge at the Bering Strait that was created during an Ice Age. Archeological evidence dating from 13,000 years ago demonstrates that these early settlers were hunters who used a particular type of spear point to kill their prey. Because no other archeological evidence of humans predates these "Clovis" spear points, scholars believe that these hunters were the first humans to populate the Americas.

SELECTED IMAGES AND MAPS


Anonymous, RANO-RARAKU, "MOAI" STATUE, FRONT VIW, EASTER ISLAND (n.d.). Copyright 2003 Oregon Public Broadcasting and its licensors. All rights reserved.

Jane Bown, PORTRAIT OF BRUCE CHATWIN (n.d.). Courtesy of Jane Bown/Trevillion Picture Library.


Anonymous, TAWAIHO, THE MAORI KING (ca 1900-1923). Courtesy of Library of Congress.

Hot Pepper Studios, created for Bridging World History, LAND BRIDGE CONNECTING EURASIAN LAND MASS WITH AMERICAS, C. 75,000 TO 12,000 YEARS AGO (2004). Courtesy of Oregon Public Broadcasting.



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