Happy Birthday Easter Island!
With Easter just past, I'd like to share with you my latest fascination lying in the South Pacific Ocean: the mystifying Easter Island.
Easter Island got its name because the first European to discover it, Jacob Roggeveen, did so on Easter Sunday in 1722. Go figure! However, people had originally settled on Easter Island hundreds of years earlier, and they called it Rapa Nui. When Roggeveen landed on the Island, he was met by hundreds of gigantic stone heads called Moais (MOH-eyes)
These moais still line Easter Island's coast. Some of the statues are as tall as 10 metres and weigh as much as 14,000 kilograms each. So that's about 1 1/2 giraffes tall and two elephants heavy!
Who built the moais? Why? How did they move and raise these massive heads? It's not as if they had modern-day cranes to do the job!
I hope to someday visit Easter Island, see the moais up close and maybe get to the bottom of their mystery. Until then, here are some books to learn more about Easter Island.
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