The inspiration for Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe may well have lived here in this very cave on Isla Robinson Crusoe. ( 33°37’15″S 78°50’49″W for the GPS inclined!)
It may be that we have finally found proof of the use of the sunstone in ancient navigation.
The find was in a Elizabethan ship which sank off the island of Alderney, in the English Channel.
Answer: Recent research into the financing of John Cabot’s expeditions suggests: Quite Possibly.
An excellent site for Spanish and Portuguese explorers courtesy of the University of Calgary.
The Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) was founded in 1973 to carry out an experiment that would help answer some questions: how did the Polynesians settle the far-flung islands of the mid-Pacific – by accident or by design? Did their canoes and their knowledge of navigation enable them to sail purposefully over the vast sea distances between Pacific islands?
The ancient Polynesian navigators were about as close to magic as you can get, navigating over thousands of miles in the South Pacific with uncanny accuracy. This organization is dedicated to finding and retaining the Polynesian navigator’s skill set and culture.
The famous proof-of-concept double hulled voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a. Photo by Monte Costa
Israel (Iz) Ka’ano’i Kamakawiwo’ole serenades the Hōkūle‘a
While we are at it: Iz’s version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow is priceless: