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* Update 28 July 2006 *
* A German view
(in 1859) of European Control in the Pacific *
(Paraphrased from the caption: The map is a general impression of the time --
not all the political interest & control shown were formal colonies.
The British interest in the Bonin Islands was never followed up.
The 'American Polynesia' indicated which islands American companies
were mining for phosphates (guano). No formal American sovereignty was claimed.
The map does show which island groups were independent of outside control.)
* Sailing Ship
Routes in the Pacific *
(As evolved from regular trading journeys -- routes that take advantage of
prevailing winds in the Pacific Ocean. These indirect-looking routes are
the fastest and most efficient sailing. The Spontoon Archipelago is
located approximately in the area indicated by the green circle.)
Routes in the Pacific, 1938-39"
(This file opens to a large 690 Kb!)
of traffic on Pacific shipping routes 1938"
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