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On an extended stretch of eco-friendly coast within the South Pacific, countless numbers of huge, emotionless stone heads stand protect opposed to the ravages of time, struggle, and ailment that experience tried over the centuries to beat Easter Island. Steven Roger Fischer bargains the 1st English-language heritage of Easter Island in Island on the finish of the World, a desirable chronicle of adversity, triumph, and the long-lasting monumentality of the island's stone guards.

A small canoe with Polynesians introduced the 1st people to Easter Island in seven-hundred CE, and while boat commute within the South Pacific enormously diminished round 1500, the Easter Islanders have been compelled to conform in an effort to live to tell the tale their isolation. edition, Fischer asserts, was a continuing thread within the lifetime of Easter Island: the 1st ecu viewers, who considered the awe-inspiring monolithic busts in 1722, trigger countless numbers of years of violent conflict, exchange, and disease—from the smallpox, wars, and nice loss of life that decimated the island to the past due nineteenth-century Catholic missionaries who attempted to "save" it to a despotic Frenchman who declared sole declare of the island and was once quickly killed by way of the remainder 111 islanders. The rituals, leaders, and religions of the Easter Islanders advanced with all of those occasions, and Fischer is simply as aware of the island's cultural advancements as he's to its international invasions.

Bringing his historical past into the trendy period, Fischer examines the colonization and annexation of Easter Island through Chile, together with the Rapanui people's push for civil rights in 1964 and 1965, wherein they received complete citizenship and freedom of circulate at the island. As trip to and curiosity within the island swiftly extend, Island on the finish of the World is an important heritage of this mysterious site.

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