Polynesian Expansion


Polynesians arrive in New Zealand

Approx. 1300 BC

Lapita people reach Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga

Approx. 1200 BC

Lapita People settle Samoa

Approx. 1000 BC

Polynesians settle Marqeusas & Hawaiian Islands

Approx. 300

Easter Island is discovered and settled by Europeans

Approx. 700

Tongans conquer parts of Samoa

Approx. 950 AD

First Settles on Cook Island

Approx. 1000

Abel Tasman founds New Zealand


Jacob Roggeveen Discovers a Polynesian Island without trees


Captain Cook discovers Hawaii