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The loss to the poorer societies involved the investment in raising and educating (or, at least, training) before migration children and adolescents who, after migration, would invest their human capital and pay their dues to the society, i.e. taxes, in a different country. Routes in the seas and across oceans left no trace that historians, not seafarers themselves, could discern. Knowledge of the world was created as much through seafaring and human seaborne mobility and migrations and its scholarly and philosophical analysis as through land-based surveying and interpreting. Concentrating on the seas may be as limiting as the landlubber's single-minded emphasis on continents. It is littorals with water's edge technologies that connect the two and offer a choice between land- and water-centered modes of transportation.

Keywords: migration; seaborne mobility; seafarers; seas



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