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Overseas Migration And The Development Of Ocean Navigation: A Europe-Outward Perspective

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Before the nineteenth century, the major seafaring migrants crossing the vast stretches of water were Pacific Islanders who had explored the open ocean in large enough numbers to settle islands all the way across to the Hawaiian Islands (and very likely had reached other sites close to and along the Pacific Coast of the Americas). Transpacific migrations grew from these courageous voyages and those of the various sailors, traders, craftsmen, and laborers who had travelled the Spanish galleon route between Acapulco and Manila since the sixteenth century, into a tenuous network of mass migration routes. The soft voices of Asian migrants journeying across the Pacific are inseparable from the drumbeats of a migrating set of ideas about white supremacy that systematically cut off these newly established networks one after another.

Keywords:Asian migrants; migrations; Pacific Coast; Pacific Islanders; Transpacific



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