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While the Europeans were huddled along their ocean coastlines, and the Roman Empire was decimated in 500 A.D., the Polynesians were exploring thousands of miles of the Pacific Ocean in boats like these Tonga vessels. Polynesia is the area between the islands of Hawaii, New Zealand, and Easter Island; over 70 million square miles of Pacific Ocean.

Tonga is special for it was the only Polynesian peoples who were never colonized by the Europeans. Tonga came to the America's Cup Races at San Diego, for pre race sailing.

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Additional Photos by Ray Anderson (photoray) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1203 W: 1 N: 3169] (13981)
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