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Pacific Culture Areas Map

A map centered on Oceania with the three dominant cultures highlighted. The Micronesia in the top left is pink, Melanesia is under Micronesia and labeled blue. Polynesia is in the center and is labeled purple.


This map illustrates the three dominant cultures in Oceania, Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia, and which islands occupy each region. This map successfully highlights the number of island nations/cultures and the overall size of Oceania. This easy-to-read map would be useful for students to study an oft-forgotten region. Combined with other resources that discuss the arrival of people to different islands, this map could be useful to discuss canoe migration and cultural dispersal in the region.


"Pacific Culture Areas," Wikimedia Commons, 2017, 

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"Pacific Culture Areas Map," in World History Commons, [accessed April 16, 2024]