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Abstract

The first Polynesian islands encountered by Europeans were the Marquesas Islands, Te Henua 'Enana. This occurred in 1595 when Alvaro de Mendafia, sailing under the patronage of the Viceroy of Peru, sighted Fatuiva, the southernmost island of the archipelago. Since this initial meeting, visitors have tried to capture in both words and graphic images, the fierce beauty of both Te Henua, the land, and Te 'Enana, the people.

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