Story: Tupaia

Tupaia's chart

Tupaia's chart

Tupaia’s chart, 1769. Fascinating in its puzzles and implications, Tupaia’s chart is also eloquent evidence of the intricacy and detail of Polynesian knowledge of the South Pacific, and a striking contrast to the emptiness of the same space in European maps of the time. 

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British Library
Reference: ADD MS 21593c

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Joan Druett. 'Tupaia', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 2017. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, https://teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/6t2/tupaia (accessed 18 December 2017)