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Originally posted by Scalamander
In response to mystery of how humans managed to get that far into the ocean there was an ancient landbridge that connected it to south america. It also explains the mayan influence observed in many of the statues. Theories are that it was used as a staging point for many ancient explorations to the other continents by the south americans.
Originally posted by spacedoddity
Easter Island was first inhabited by a small band of Polynesians thousands of years ago by boat.
These people were very advanced in ocean travel, capable of traveling hundreds of kilometres on the open ocean.
Inbreeding had pretty much decimated the "native" people by the time the Spanish found it.