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The Mystery of Easter Island
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How would you describe these places?
you see on
Where are these places?
How old are they? What are they made of?
Easter Island lies in the Pacific Ocean. It is one of
the most isolated1 islands in the world, thousands
of miles away from any other islands. Today,
Easter Island is a territory2 of Chile, which is about
3,600 km east of the island. Easter Island is a
strange and mysterious place, and it is famous for
its giant stone statues.
The island is called Rapa Nui in the local
language. It was given the name Easter Island by
a sea captain from Holland, Jacob Roggeveen. He
landed there on Easter Sunday in 1722.
Roggeveen found an interesting culture on the
island. He also found huge statues called Moai.
The Moai are face-like giant rocks that dot the
Since that time, scholars have tried to answer
some important questions about Easter Island.
very far from
and hard to
belongs to a
Where did the people come from?
Historians still can't agree on where the island's
people came from. Did they sail from Chile,
thousands of miles to the East? Did they sail from
Hawaii or a Polynesian island, thousands of miles
to the West?
The Polynesian people are spread across the
islands of the Pacific Ocean. Polynesians
originally settled3 New Zealand, Hawaii, Samoa
and many oth