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On a protracted stretch of eco-friendly coast within the South Pacific, hundreds of thousands of huge, emotionless stone heads stand defend opposed to the ravages of time, struggle, and affliction that experience tried over the centuries to overcome Easter Island. Steven Roger Fischer deals the 1st English-language background of Easter Island in Island on the finish of the World, a desirable chronicle of adversity, triumph, and the long-lasting monumentality of the island's stone guards.

A small canoe with Polynesians introduced the 1st people to Easter Island in seven-hundred CE, and while boat shuttle within the South Pacific significantly diminished round 1500, the Easter Islanders have been pressured to evolve so that it will live to tell the tale their isolation. edition, Fischer asserts, was a continual thread within the lifetime of Easter Island: the 1st ecu viewers, who considered the awe-inspiring monolithic busts in 1722, trigger 1000s of years of violent battle, exchange, and disease—from the smallpox, wars, and nice demise that decimated the island to the past due nineteenth-century Catholic missionaries who attempted to "save" it to a despotic Frenchman who declared sole declare of the island and used to be quickly killed by way of the rest 111 islanders. The rituals, leaders, and religions of the Easter Islanders developed with all of those occasions, and Fischer is simply as aware of the island's cultural advancements as he's to its overseas invasions.

Bringing his heritage into the fashionable period, Fischer examines the colonization and annexation of Easter Island via Chile, together with the Rapanui people's push for civil rights in 1964 and 1965, wherein they won complete citizenship and freedom of move at the island. As trip to and curiosity within the island speedily extend, Island on the finish of the World is a vital heritage of this mysterious site.

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