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Kon-Tiki 1950

  • Thor Heyerdahl
  • January 12, 1950
  • 58 mins
  • Norwegian
  • Documentary
The Amazing Adventure Of Six Men On A Raft Across The Pacific! True! Thrilling!
"Kon-Tiki" was the name of a wooden raft used by six Scandinavian scientists, led by Thor Heyerdahl, to make a 101-day journey from South America to the Polynesian Islands. The purpose of the expedition was to prove Heyerdal's theory that the Polynesian Islands were populated from the east---specifically Peru---rather than from the west (Asia) as had been the theory for hundreds of years. Heyerdahl made a study of the winds and tides in the Pacific, and by simulating conditions as closely as possible to those he theorized the Peruvians encountered, set out on the voyage.

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