History of Rapa Nui
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First posted on November 25th 2004






Timeline : Rapa Nui (Easter Island, Isla de Pascua)

c. 400 A.D.
c. 1000-1600 A.D.
c. 1550
c. 1600
1722
1770
1774
1786
1805
1837
1862
1864
1866-1867
1868

1877
1887
1888
1914
1916

1952
1955
1964
1967
1967
1980es
1992
Arrival of Polynesian settlers
Erection of the Moai sculptures
Island population peaked at c. 7000
Easter Island was deforested, causing Moai carving to cease
Dutch navigator Jakob Roggeveen visited the island
Spanish navigator Felipe Gonzales visitd Easter Island, claimed it for Spain
British navigator James Cook visited Easter Island
French navigator La Perouse visited Easter Island
The crew of American vessel Nancy abducted 22 Easter Islanders
First Chilean ship, the Colo Colo, visited Rapa Nui
Peruvian slave raiders abducted part of the population
French missionary arrived
End of the Birdman Cult
French Captain Dutrou-Bornier bougtht up much of the land on the island, claimed
lordship over the island
Peruvian slave-raiders abducted all but 110 islanders
The population had dropped to c. 100
Chile annexed the island
Easter Islanders revolted
Chilean Bishop Rafael Edwards visited Easter Island, protested against treatment
of islanders by sheep farm company
The Chilean navy took over the administration of the island
Norwegian archeologist Thor Heyerdahl undertook excavations on Easter Island
Emergence of an independence movement; revolt of Easter Islanders
Airfield constructed at Mataveri; Rapa Nui connected with Santiago by air
Water works supplied vilagers with running water
Sheep farming by Chilean settlers given up
Population 2770




EXTERNAL
FILES
Easter Island History, from Island Heritage
Easter Island, from Mysterious Places
Clive Ponting, The lessons of Easter Island
Article Easter Island, from Wikipedia