It has been suggested that the Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, discovered Antarctica centuries before the West.
According to Guardian News, researchers at the University of New Zealand Otago shared their findings that indigenous New Zealanders may be the first explorers of the Ice Continent, in an article they published in “The Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand “.
Searching for clues from oral history documents and literature, the researchers suggested that there is evidence that Maori Indians living on the islands of New Zealand and Polynesia may have reached Antarctica during of ocean voyages dating back to the 7th century.
The researchers noted that there are Polynesian oral accounts that contain clues that sailor Hui Te Rangiora, whose inter-island voyages are mentioned, reached the Antarctic ice shelves when he left with his ship “Te Ivi o Atea”.
class = “cf”>
Examining oral history accounts recorded in 1899 and noting that “frozen seas”, “misty and dark horizons without sun”, “bare rocks piercing the sky” were mentioned in the accounts, the researchers assessed that these stories could depict ice floes, icebergs and continental openings. .
Priscilla Wehi, who led the research, said: “We see links to Antarctica and surrounding seas in early traditional sea voyages. Considering the contributions of under-represented communities in history is crucial for the present. and the future of Antarctic exploration. ” used the sentences.
Russian sailors Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev, who sailed south from Africa and reached the Fimbul Ice Shelf in Antarctica in 1820, are known as the first explorers of the ice continent.