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date: 18 September 2020

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This article notes that there were definitely several pulses of population movement from South America that moved into the Antillean chain of islands beginning by at least around 2500 BC. What is not entirely clear, however, is how these migrations were structured in terms of direction and timing and whether there were any intentional strategies employed by people to settle in particular islands first or if oceanographic or biogeographical principals also influenced their movements. The article examines pre-Columbian migration patterns, looking at the “stepping-stone” migration and Richard Callaghan’s simulations on computer seafaring about the Caribbean island.

Keywords: Pre-Columbian migration, Windward Islands, Lesser Antilles, South America, computer simulation, stepping-stone migration

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